- The Washington Times - Monday, September 28, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Regarding Charmaine Yoest’s Op-Ed column (“Is abortion health care, or is it not?” Opinion, Sept. 21) about whether abortion is “health care” - isn’t it time to call a truce on this never-ending battle so that women who want to have healthy babies can do so without going bankrupt?

There are those like Ms. Yoest who would rather derail health care reform - and everything it will do to improve women’s lives - than give even an inch on this issue. However, there are millions more who would rather focus on the bigger picture - the pending reform of the American health care system that will, for the first time ever, ensure a seamless, lifelong continuum of care for women.

For the first time, women will have access to a system in which they won’t be charged up to 45 percent more than men are for identical coverage, and maternity and reproductive health will be part of a basic care package. Experts are hopeful that these changes will help to reduce U.S. maternal mortality rates - the highest of any industrialized nation.

Women’s health is just too important to be sabotaged by anyone.

MARGERY ENGEL LOEB

Steering committee member

Moving Forward Initiative

Women Donors Network

Victoria, Texas

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