Thank you for the effort by The Times Argus to cover the proposed legislation, H.57 and Proposition 5, abortion without restriction, in a journalistic way that considers both sides of the issue.

I happen to be in strong agreement with the commentaries of Tim Kane (Feb. 26) and Tom Kelly, most recently (May 3 and May 15). Kelly is absolutely right. Abortion will not go away, and it shouldn't. To address this strictly as a "woman's rights" issue, as has been implied for several years now, is to see primarily the tip of the iceberg. I do not say this lightly or callously, but there are too many factors that come into play regarding abortion that go beyond one's "rights."

Consider, holistically, what women and others go through physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, spiritually, morally, ethically, financially, just to name a few. A liberal definition of abortion might fail to recognize these factors.

If something is wrong and you go to the hospital, don't you want as much information as you can get regarding your own health? How many various kinds of "health" studies as in the aforementioned list, have been done regarding cigarette smoke, marijuana legalization, drug and alcohol abuse, the benefits of clean air and water, the essence of life and yet, there is this fearful rush to quickly decide a child in the womb, one created in the image and likeness of God (i.e., redeemable), has zero rights and can be aborted right up until time of birth? Ponder.

Thomas Welsh

Barre

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