I want to thank Susan Robinson for speaking out in support of abortion (“In Paso, abortion doctor speaks out,” Aug. 11).
It’s difficult to come out in favor of this medical procedure, because we would prefer that no one has to have one.
In a perfect world, all birth control methods would be 100 percent effective, crimes like rape and incest would never occur and people — especially teenagers — never make the mistake of having unprotected sex. Fortunately, many unwanted pregnancies can be terminated early, although abortion foes would deny women even the morning-after pill.
Late-term abortions become increasingly complicated, from a medical and moral perspective, but I agree with Robinson that, “Either you believe that women are capable of making those decisions or you don’t.”
It’s important to remember that many serious birth defects, such as anencephaly, where a baby is born without parts of the brain and skull, cannot be detected until after the first trimester.
We need to protect a woman’s right to choose what’s best under the circumstances and to support organizations such as Planned Parenthood that facilitate such choices.