Letter to the Argus Leader

written by Jen S. Bowman, Sioux Falls

Renugan Raidoo fell short of his self-proclaimed diplomatic goals when penning the letter, “Ban forces women to suffer,” in the June 29 Argus Leader. His concern for women is admirable, but skewed facts nullify the compassion.

Raidoo opposes Initiated Measure 11 because it lacks an exception for fetal anomalies. The letter outlines two options for a woman who is carrying a child with a known fetal anomaly: wait for a miscarriage or have a stranger in an out-of-state clinic perform the abortion. Assuming the woman even wants to terminate the pregnancy, perhaps she would be interested in the following information before making that decision.

More than 60 internationally recognized studies have been published with scientific evidence supporting the fact that a woman who has had an abortion faces an increased risk of future pre-term deliveries and other pregnancy complications. It is likely that future children will have medical complications, especially delivery complications, if the woman previously has chosen to abort a fetal anomaly baby.

The majority of miscarriages are the result of an infant with a fetal development problem. The body has a natural self-abort tendency for these situations; society shouldn’t complicate future pregnancies by pushing women toward abortion.

Raidoo’s argument about unknown doctors performing the abortion merely exemplifies the status quo. It is a widely known fact that abortionists are flown in from out of state to perform abortions at Planned Parenthood (the state’s leading abortion provider) and are with the woman only while performing the procedure, maybe seven minutes total. How much of a doctor-patient relationship can be forged during those moments?

Raidoo’s final, half-hearted attempt to justify opposing Initiated Measure 11 referred to a situation in which a fetus is “destined” to suffer physical pain as a baby. Quick question: Is having limbs torn off and being vacuumed out of the womb really a pleasant alternative for the child?

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