About the editor: dr Warren Hern, an 83-year-old physician who has operated Colorado’s Boulder Abortion Clinic since the 1970s, has saved the lives of countless women who may have died from botched abortions. If the US Supreme Court strikes down or eviscerates Roe vs. Wade, many more women will die.
There could be another group of “victims” here: children who end up in the adoption and foster care system, who suffer abuse and abandonment. So I have a solution.
Anyone working to bring down Roe vs. Wade, including High Court judges, should be required to adopt at least two children stuck in the system, feed and clothe them, and dedicate the next 20 years of their lives to ministry dedicate to these children who never asked to be put in this situation.
Ellen Faulk, Los Angeles
About the editor: I found the abortion journey of Dr. Hern remarkable in a disturbing sense. His commitment and calling to offering abortions is lofty yet heartbreaking.
Although his motives are clear – to help women and save them from harm and, in some cases, perhaps even death; provide a way out for unplanned pregnancies; and to eliminate the preterms with severe abnormalities – he seems to miss the critical point: whether the preterms are human or not.
If so, none of his motives prevent us from concluding that it was a homicide.
In addition, Dr. Finding a solution by eliminating a problem. Before he injects digoxin into an unborn body and stops the heartbeat, I hope he gives serious thought as technology and science are increasingly showing that a fetus is not a clump of cells. Rather, it has its own genetic code, heart, circulatory system, and more.
Wesley Stalnaker, Santa Clarita
About the editor: I was struck when I read two articles in The Times about pioneering doctors who are still going strong and making tremendous medical contributions.
dr George Berci’s practice, innovation and writing at the age of 101 is nothing short of a miracle. His achievements in gastrointestinal medicine save lives and reduce healthcare costs.
And the commitment of the 83-year-old Dr. Hern, who continues to fight for access to legal abortion, is so inspirational. Thank you for highlighting these accomplishments and the fact that you’re never too old to follow a passion and make a difference in the lives of others.
Peggy Jo Abraham, Santa Monica
About the editor: I know that many people hate the incredibly brave Dr. have expressed. I don’t know how to express my outrage at all the “pro-life” people who have no interest in caring for or adopting these unwanted or neglected children.
Why is it your right to inflict years of suffering and expense on both a parent and a child with severe deformities? Will you pay for their needs? I doubt it.
How do you explain to the raped child who his father is? Where in the Bible does it say that God said anything about abortion?
Who are these people – mostly men, I might add – who decide what is best for others?
Barbara Busch, Santa Barbara
https://www.latimes.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/story/2022-03-16/abortion-doctors-heroism-challenge-to-pro-lifers The heroism of an abortion doctor and a pro-lifer challenge