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    Sara Rimer

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There are 7 comments on Abortion Politics, a Q&A with Alum and Planned Parenthood CEO

  1. The claim that before Roe v. Wade large numbers of women were dying because of illegal “back-alley” abortions is misleading. Large numbers of women were also dying in ordinary childbirth before the routine use of antiseptic procedures. A claim by the then-president of Planned Parenthood that “thousands of people died every year because they didn’t have access to safe, legal abortion” was awarded “four Pinocchios” by the Washington Post in 2019, meaning that it was in the category of the most thoroughly false claims in the Pinocchio scale.

    The ROE Act would legalize killing a fetus capable of living outside the womb just because the obstetrician believes its survival after birth would endanger the mother’s health (not limited to her physical or mental health), or that it suffers from a lethal anomaly (which isn’t limited to anomalies that would prevent it from having a likely extended life span). Killing a viable fetus for either of those reasons is homicide (specifically, murder if done with deliberate intent to kill) under current Massachusetts law. It is “fake and insane” for Planned Parenthood to ridicule the opponents of this bill while completely distorting and misstating the actual terms of the bill.

  2. A heart beat begins life. No heart beat ends life. “A clump of cells” with a heart beat is a child, Betty. Don’t be so dismissive. People sould take responsibility. Over the last eighteen months we have masks mandates and now are being told how irresponsible we are if we are unvacinated. Well, over the last fifty years we have excused individuals for their lack of responsibility for safe sex. Birth control is readily accessible in various forms and a pregnancy can be ended within six weeks. Is it too much to ask for people to adhere to these actions. Maybe we should consider mandates for birth control. I’ve tried to respond to articles in “BU Today” but my comments on this subject are not included in their comments section. I wonder why. Could it be that any dissenting opinions are not tolerated when it comes to abortion discussions?

    1. We approve comments that are respectful, lacking any name calling, and contribute to a healthy dialogue. I won’t speak to previous comments. This comment meets those standards, so thank you. Doug Most

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