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“What’s going on in Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota and Iowa ought to be a wake-up call to Minnesotans who prefer that physicians, not politicians, guide an individual’s medical care.” Now, the key phrase there is “physicians, not politicians.”
I would take it by that statement that the Editorial Board would be against Obamacare. Is not Obamacare going to be run by politicians? Or is this just one if those things that is conveniently overlooked by the Editorial Board? After all, sometimes we can have it both ways.
EDWARD McHUGH, East Bethel
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The editorial’s headline was correct (“Women’s health at stake in 2014”) but the Editorial Board has no idea what it means. Abortion is not good for women. The adverse physical and emotional effects are well-documented – even if they are usually denied exposure by the politically correct media. Rather than taking away a problem, abortion makes you the mother of a dead baby, and when that fact hits home, the regret, depression and anger begin … and may never end.
And it is not just women who are affected: The men, including the ones who may have pushed for the abortion, also experience regret and a sense of loss of manhood, having failed to protect their offspring.
Dr. ROSS S. OLSON, Minneapolis
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When I moved to Minnesota in 2004, I was shocked to learn that there were only seven abortion clinics in the entire state. Today only five remain, four of them in the Twin Cities and one in Duluth. If you live anywhere else, you’re in for a long drive in the dark hours of the morning, and only after your visit at least 24 hours earlier as your physician reads a mandatory state-written script that replaces the existing medical informed consent process.
If you’re under 18, you will need to prove that you have notified both your parents of your decision: Minnesota has one of the nation’s strictest parental notification laws. Furthermore, the state’s largest public hospital, Hennepin County Medical Center, does not provide abortions. And while the national average cost for a first-trimester abortion is $450, the lowest price in Minnesota is over $600. For anyone struggling to make ends meet, cost itself is a significant barrier.
All this to say that, yes, things could be much worse for women in Minnesota. And would be, had Gov. Mark Dayton not vetoed abortion restrictions that the Legislature passed in 2012. But the state is far from a safe harbor for the one in three Minnesota women who will have an abortion in their lifetimes.
STACEY BURNS, Minneapolis
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