abortion decision should be private
This letter is in response to Douglas Galbi G's recent letter to the editor characterizing my position on choice ["Evelyn Murphy's absolutist abortion stand is untenable," March 9].
I would first like to apologize for any problems or misunderstanding Galbi may have had with my staff.
In regard to my record, my pro-choice position is simple. I believe that the decision whether or not to bear a child is a decision to be made by a woman in consultation with her physician and her moral and religious beliefs. I want to keep the government and courts out of this private decision.
The fact is that doctors do not perform third trimester abortions. If a doctor interrupts a pregnancy in the third trimester, it is to protect the life of the mother. The procedure used takes all measure to deliver a viable fetus with every chance for survival. Any exceptions to this occur only in the case of a fetus which has been determined not to be viable.
While the choice issue is emotional and one which tends to elicit a strong position on one side or another, let me urge all those who participate in the debate that they accord those with whom they disagree respect and that they do not inflame the discussion with factual inaccuracy.