Proper ter­mi­nolo­gies

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

Who in the world placed au­thor­ity to de­ter­mine the def­i­ni­tion of abor­tion in the state Board of Health, which, in ad­di­tion to MDs, is also com­posed of an op­tometrist, a vet­eri­nar­ian, an en­gi­neer, a chi­ro­prac­tor, a den­tist and a pharmacist?

One of the mem­bers, Dr. Clark Fincher, wants to re­quire women who are preg­nant to be told that an abor­tion is the same as “killing her baby.” Does he also pro­pose to re­quire that men hav­ing va­sec­tomies be told the pro­ce­dure will be killing mil­lions of sperm, which are po­ten­tial ba­bies?

The good doc­tor from Searcy has de­cided that mem­bers should vote their con­sciences. Does he re­al­ize that in so vot­ing, he is re­fus­ing a woman her con­sti­tu­tional right (see Roe v. Wade, sir) to make her own de­ci­sions about her body?

It is not in the best in­ter­est of a 13-year-old who has been im­preg­nated by a fam­ily mem­ber to carry a preg­nancy to full term. It is not in the best in­ter­est of a young mother of four who has just lost health in­sur­ance, or her hus­band lost a job, to carry another preg­nancy to full term. There are nu­mer­ous other in­stances in which a woman should not be re­minded of the heart­break­ing de­ci­sion she is mak­ing.

To the male mem­bers of the Board of Health, I suggest that “ter­mi­na­tion of preg­nancy” is a proper term.

LEE JONES Lit­tle Rock

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