Doesn't Think Cover Is Representative of Issues

RECEIVED Tue., Dec. 9, 2003

I am writing in regard to the poorly written headline for the story "Women Dig In: The Defense of Planned Parenthood Is the Latest Battle in a Long Campaign" [News, Dec. 5].
   Activists from the pro-life and pro-choice camps are of both genders, but this story's headline seemed to indicate that the controversy over abortion access in Austin is purely an issue of concern to the female gender.
   I don't think it is fair to either camp to stereotypically characterize this issue in this way. Certainly gender equity is an important concern that relates directly to this issue (a woman's legal interest in controlling her own body), but it is not the only concern. There is also a serious interest that the state has in protecting prenatal life (as articulated in both the Roe and Casey decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court).
   The resolution of this tension between two critical legal interests is and should be a legitimate cause of concern for Americans of both genders.
James M. Branum
(former Austinite)
Newcastle, Okla.
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