- - Monday, July 28, 2014

Texas law now requires that abortions be performed by physicians sufficiently competent to obtain hospital privileges within 30 miles of where they perform the operation (kill the preborn). Since this law was implemented, many abortionists have left the business, and the Texas abortion rate has dropped 13 percent (“Tougher clinic rules lead to drop in Texas abortions,” Web, July 24).

Heather Busby, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, said the law “did absolutely nothing to reduce the need for abortion or prevent unintended pregnancies, but it has reduced access to safe, legal and timely abortions for Texans.” Without proof of unsafe practices, the Texas Legislature wouldn’t have passed the law, and if the abortionists could meet stipulations imposed on other ambulatory surgical businesses, they wouldn’t be closing.

There are 50 percent fewer abortuaries now. That means women who abort in Texas are much safer, but the abortion procedure is still fraught with surgical risks. For example, an experienced abortionist in Germantown, Md., has caused six women to be transported to hospitals from his abortuary in the past 17 months, and another woman who went to the hospital on her own died from the botched abortion.

It is also misleading of Ms. Busby to imply that NARAL wants to reduce unintended pregnancies. Abortion is a business, and its practitioners try to make as large a profit as possible. Recently, it was reported that Planned Parenthood imposes abortion quotas on their facilities.

NARAL personnel such as Ms. Busby have a history of making erroneous and outlandish statements. Life News reported that a NARAL board member, as a protest of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision exempting some employers from paying for abortifacients in their medical plans, recommended women have sex in the glitter aisle of Hobby Lobby stores. Women deserve better than that. They deserve the truth and to be treated with dignity.

CAROLYN NAUGHTON

Silver Spring