Embarrassing Precedent

RECEIVED Tue., Feb. 9, 2016

Dear Editor,
    Thank you for your illuminating, if not disgustingly accurate, article "Roe's End?" in your Jan. 29 issue. The facts are obviously dire for Texans everywhere to deny reproductive rights to its citizens.
    Perhaps scientific literacy is in order? While too many Texans are ignorant of the basics of the human body, the majority of first-term abortions are performed on embryos, not babies, not fetuses, not human beings yet. A cluster of cells rapidly dividing does not a human make!
    Science has not determined when "life begins" and our incompetent, backward, male legislators and governors have no legal basis to deny women their constitutional rights to reproductive freedom and choice. If laws like HB 2 pass in other states, Texas could, (once again) embarrass itself as setting the course for reproductive health laws across the country for decades to come, creating a war against women and determining the future for (mostly poor) women who need an abortion.
    When will our back assward state educate itself and stop punishing or dismissing women by creating barriers to health access?
    Do your part by volunteering, making a donation, and help spread the word!
    Let us see what the U.S. Supreme Court decides.
    Reproductive choice is not a mere theoretical right in Texas, it is a protected constitutional right that must be upheld. The stakes have never been higher.
Julie Wasserman
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