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letters | a line drawn over abortion

Decent people doing good work, abortion foes should not be cordoned off

Renée Loth’s warped description of those who respect and protect human life from conception until natural death is abortion-industry propaganda (“A zone that should be left alone,” Op-ed, Oct. 12). Since Roe v. Wade made the taking of innocent human life legal, countless decent, honorable people of integrity have freely given their time and resources to save innocent human lives. They have tirelessly done so with respect not only for the children, but also for the mothers and fathers to whom they have reached out with love and concern. Unlike Planned Parenthood, they have no financial stake in their work; in fact, they have everything to lose.

Like the laws that upheld slavery, Roe v. Wade is the abortion industry’s illegitimate law, its means of denying the humanity of its countless victims. It is unquestionable that mothers are among these victims. Those who rightfully point this out should never be silenced or placed in a buffer zone.

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Loth selectively presents examples of violent people who have falsely labeled themselves pro-life, psychopaths looking for an excuse to act out. Every legitimate movement has been burdened by false adherents. Loth writes of “women being terrorized” and of free expression as “bullying.”

Bullies do not try to protect life. Terrorists are people who do not care about human life. Loth’s pitiful attempt to suggest that pro-life supporters are bullies or terrorists is wrong. The last thing we need in our dysfunctional culture is to cordon off the few who dare to say the truth.

Patricia McCarron

North Andover

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