- The Washington Times - Monday, April 25, 2011

Thank you for publishing “Nation’s largest abortion provider: Planned Parenthood” (Commentary, April 19). Even if one does not regard elective abortion the way I do as both the wanton destruction of a human life and an assault on basic constitutional protections, elective abortion has serious epidemiological consequences.

In a statistical study ignored by many major newspapers, professors Jonathan Klick and Thomas Stratmann established a “causal” statistical link between legalized abortion and the rates of contracting gonorrhea and syphilis. Their June 2003 paper, “The Effect of Abortion Legalization on Sexual Behavior: Evidence from Sexually Transmitted Diseases,” uses data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and appears in “The Journal of Legal Studies,” published under the auspices of the Law School of the University of Chicago.

Mr. Klick and Mr. Stratmann write: “Our results attribute a large increase in gonorrhea and syphilis rates to changing sexual behavior, which was induced by abortion law changes. This increase resulted in additional expenditures for the treatment of gonorrhea and syphilis on the order of $300 million per year. If a similar abortion effect exists for other STDs, which we could not examine because of data limitations, additional treatment expenditures might amount to more than $4 billion annually.”

According to the CDC, those with venereal disease are “at least two to five times more likely than uninfected individuals to acquire HIV infection if they are exposed to the virus through sexual contact.”

Given that Planned Parenthood is perhaps the major abortion provider in the nation, funding Planned Parenthood to diagnose and treat venereal disease makes about as much sense as funding an asbestos mining company to diagnose and treatmesothelioma.

In the 2012 election, Democrats and Republicans supporting Planned Parenthood funding need to be labeled as what they are: enablers of contracting venereal diseases.

RICHARD H. ESCOBALES JR.

Buffalo, N.Y.