Revealing reactions to Roe v Wade
An Anti-abortion advocate protests outside an abortion clinic.

Dear Editor,

Without entering the debate re the Roe v Wade issue, the reactions to the overturn were quite revealing.

Two separate groups, consisting mostly of women, bearing placards with divergent views were seen.

One side was as strident and vociferous in it’s support for the ruling as the other in its objection.

There was a telling reaction from a woman on TV who related her story of having an abortion a few years ago. She had a kind of winning, triumphant smirk on her lips as she concluded by saying, “I don’t know what would have happened to me if I had carried that pregnancy.” “Me” was really the all-embracing issue in her response. She went on to urge that young girls should never be deprived of the right to exercise their freedom of choice in such a matter.

That apparently is a position that gives the impression of abortion as a contraceptive option — an option where sexual responsibility becomes subservient to the needs and urges for sexual gratification.

Interestingly, placards bearing the confession, “I’m a proud abortionist,” paraded against what was called the travesty of turning a woman’s right into a crime. Yet, if there are as many women celebrating the decision as there are denouncing, how is it exclusively an injustice to women if they are all women?

Homer Sylvester

Mount Vernon, New York

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