Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Opinion

October 25, 2012

Letter: Response to letter on abortion's effects

Editor, Townsman:

A response to Theresa Gorey’s letter (”Abortion not the answer, abortion opponents not threat,” Oct. 18):

1. Abortion, as an operation, is safer (0.6/100,000 deaths) than carrying a pregnancy (8.8/100,000 deaths) to term for the mother.

2. There is little, if any evidence, that abortion wounds most women’s psyches long term. Post partum depression affects between 5 and 25 percent of women, and 1 and 25 percent of men, depending on the study. C. Everett Koop, MD, who vociferously opposed abortion, continued to do so while acknowledging the lack of evidence for a public health rationale for banning abortion. He thought it a matter of morality.

3. Barnett Slepian MD was shot and killed while eating breakfast with his family, and George Tiller MD was shot and killed as he was leaving

church, both by assassins opposing abortion.

Michael Kempster, MD, JD

132 Holt Road

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