- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 28, 2001

'Morning after' pill will not reduce abortions

Once again, we see the "morning after" pill erroneously characterized as a contraceptive drug. Your Feb. 26 article "Virginia birth-control bill dies" states that, "The hormonal pills are taken within 72 hours after unprotected sexual relations to prevent fertilization of the egg or, if it occurs, to block implantation of the embryo in the woman's uterus." A proponent of the pill, the article says, claims that it would reduce "unplanned pregnancies and abortion." As a retired obstetrician and gynecologist, I would like to correct this assertion.

When a woman's egg is fertilized in the fallopian tube, she is pregnant. Five to seven days after fertilization, the new human being arrives in the cavity of the uterus and implants there. When the "morning after" pill blocks implantation, its action is "de facto" abortifacient. Therefore, it does not reduce the number of abortions but increases it.

WILLIAM J. HOGAN

Rockville

Mandatory DNA testing would protect against paternity fraud.

As Kathleen Parker points out, paternity fraud is a serious issue ("Fathers fighting paternity fraud," Commentary, Feb. 27). As taxpayers, we spend over $4 billion per year on the enforcement of child support. Individual paternity cases frequently involve more than $100,000 in total support. The amount of money involved adds to the gravity of this type of fraud.

One possible solution is DNA testing of every birth. While this could increase the divorce rate by revealing infidelity, it would cause people to take responsibility for their actions and put an end to paternity fraud. Moreover, don't children have a right to know who their father is?

STUART A. MILLER

Senior Legislative Analyst

American Fathers Coalition

Washington

Education, not censorship, will take care of Eminem

Surely, Mona Charen cannot believe that conservatives are the only people who have the moral fiber to disparage Eminem ("Taking a dip into pop culture," Feb. 26). Does she honestly believe that people with different political beliefs or cultural backgrounds are afraid to criticize this man's base utterings?

Some would argue on philosophical or constitutional grounds that Eminem's crude babble should be protected. That does not mean, however, that they also believe that Eminem's music cannot be criticized.

The real point of difference is not what political or ideological camps think of Eminem, but what they would do about such bad taste. Mrs. Charen suggests that censorship might be the answer, as has almost every past authoritarian regime. Those such as myself believe that bad taste even hateful bad taste is almost entirely a result of poor education, and that the improvement of education is something that does not require our loss of liberty.

RAY L. HANNA

Washington

'Genocide' is poor justification for bombing Serbs

Georgie Anne Geyer apparently opened a hornet's nest with her Feb. 19 Commentary column, "Defining the U.N. mission in Kosovo."

Letters from Daniel McAdams of the British Helsinki Human Rights Group in Washington ("Questionable 'morality' in Kosovo intervention," Feb. 21) and Carolyn Rahal ("U.N. official and his unusual 'Christian values' about Kosovo mission," Feb. 22) both took exception to Miss Geyer's views. Her Feb. 21 Commentary column, "Situation worsens in beleaguered Kosovo," continues her pattern of painting the ethnic Albanians as victims, even blaming the Serbs for the latest round of atrocities committed against the Serbian and non-Albanian population. Underlying it all is the attitude that the Serbs are only getting what they deserve.

But consider this: Thus far, there is no evidence that 100,000 ethnic Albanians were killed, as former Secretary of Defense William Cohen claimed. Nor has the body count come close to substantiating that implied by former President Clinton in his comment that 600,000 ethnic Albanians were "lacking shelter, short of food, afraid to go home or buried in mass graves dug by their executioners." The number of civilians killed during the war in Kosovo may be no more than 2,500 on both sides, according to Emilio Perez Pujol, a pathologist who led the Spanish body-searching team.

Likewise, reports that 700 murdered Albanians were dumped in the Trepca mine shaft have yet to be substantiated. Yet, as recently as this month, National Public Radio reported that 1,500 bodies were in the mine and went on to claim that Serbs had chopped up the bodies in a grinder used to process ore and then fed the remains to the furnace. This story has the same merit as the report of Serbs being accused of cannibalism in Bosnia.

The title of a Dec. 31, 1999, Wall Street Journal article says it all: "War in Kosovo Was Cruel, Bitter, Savage; Genocide It Wasn't Tales of Mass Atrocity Arose and Were Passed Along, Often With Little Proof No Corpses in the Mine Shaft" The Journal reported, "By late summer, stories about a Nazi-like body-disposal facility were so widespread that investigators sent a three-man French gendarmerie team spelunking half a mile down to the mine to search for bodies. They found none. Another team analyzed ashes in the furnace. They found no teeth or other signs of burnt bodies."

The article further states, " … other allegations indiscriminate mass murder, rape camps, crematoriums, mutilation of the dead haven't been borne out in the six months since NATO troops entered Kosovo."

Why, then, does the report of a Serbian massacre continue to have legs, demonizing one ethnic group in a bloody civil war?

On Jan. 17, Deutsche Presse-Agentur reported: "Finnish forensic experts in a final report on the circumstances of deaths two years ago of some 40 people in the village of Racak in Kosovo found no evidence of a massacre by Serb security forces." Wasn't that the massacre that was used to justify the 78-day bombing of the Serbian population?

While alleged atrocities are overplayed, real ones receive little or no coverage in the U.S. news media. Had the recent attack on a Serb bus, which killed at least 10 Serbs under the noses of NATO's Kosovo implementation force troops, been an attack on Albanians, you would have seen the entire gory scene on CNN every hour. Not so for atrocities against the Serbian population.

John Ranz, chairman of Survivors of Buchenwald Concentration Camp, said, "[T]his gigantic campaign to brainwash America by our media against the Serbian people is just incredible, with its daily dose of one-sided information and outright lies". I share this sentiment.

STELLA L. JATRAS

Sterling, Va.

Hail, O'Reilly

I enjoyed Bill O'Reilly's insightful Commentary column on the film "Gladiator" and the corruption now rampant inside the Beltway ("Bread and circuses," Feb. 24).

American society more and more resembles life during the days of the caesars. The ancient Romans once proudly proclaimed, "civis Romanus sum" or "I am a citizen of Rome." After the events of the past few weeks, we can still proclaim our citizenship of the United States but with far less pride.

RON MAGGIANO

Vienna

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