Lately, the Toledo Blade has been using a lot of ink to promote abortion. We felt compelled to respond. This morning, the Toledo Blade ran my response. Please find the text below.
Though the Blade often writes its editorials against us, we are encouraged when they let our voice be heard. I hope you find it encouraging, as well, and that you keep sending your letters and editorials to your local papers. With reasonable and compassionate voices, I think we will always find a way to reach people.
Public Relations Manager
Ohio Right to Life
88 East Broad Street, Suite 620
Columbus, Ohio 43215
614/547-0099, ext. 304
Abortion no help to poor women Your March 26 editorial “Danger and desperation” asserted that abortion rights should become a significant issue in the next election. At Ohio Right to Life, we agree, and echo the empathy that your editorial attempts to convey for the poor.
Nevertheless, your editorial exudes hypocrisy. In attempting to defend poor women, you also advance their likelihood to have an abortion.
The idea that abortion helps a poor woman is heartless. Rather than helping a woman become a self-sufficient mother who makes moral, nonviolent choices, the abortion industry and its advocates tell her simply to kill her child.
Poor women already have a disproportionate number of abortions. Women who live below the federal poverty line make up 14.5 percent of American women — but 40 percent of abortions are performed on them, according to Planned Parenthood’s research arm, the Guttmacher Institute.
America is no longer conducting a war on poverty, but is instead waging a discriminatory war on the poor, with abortion the primary weapon.
Your editorial attempted to highlight what you call the hypocrisy of small-government, pro-life Republicans. But the whole premise of the small-government philosophy is that government’s only legitimate purpose is to defend our basic freedoms — life, liberty, and happiness — against violence.
The real ideological fringe consists of pro-choice extremists who reject standards for abortion clinics, ignoring the fact that Center for Choice in Toledo shut down after health inspectors determined it violated health and safety standards with rusty and moldy equipment.
If Ohio backtracks and exposes our children to the brutality of the pro-choice, pro-discrimination philosophy, then we will face the danger and desperation of people who ignore science and reject morality in a world that uses force to accomplish its goals.
KATIE McCANNPublic Relations Manager, Ohio Right to LifeColumbus
Toledo Blade Runs ORTL Response Abortion No Help to Poor Women