Letters to the editor

Jul. 09, 2013 @ 03:39 PM

Proposals hurt women

The restrictions that HB695 places on abortion clinics are designed to close down clinics in our state. Supporters say they want to prevent another Kermit Gosnell case. Without access to a safe legal abortion, we will read about and experience the deaths of our daughters, sisters, mothers and, yes, grandmothers who are here with us now.

“The Worst of Times -- Illegal Abortion Survivors, Practitioners, Coroners, Cops and Children of Women Who Died Talk About Its Horrors” by Patricia Miller should be required reading for any policy maker.  Those unaware will learn that before abortion was legalized 40 years ago, emergency department doctors and nurses watched as septic abortion wards filled with women dying from barbaric and dangerous procedures. After 1973, those wards disappeared. Women stopped appearing in the ER with Bic pen punctures in their uterus and unexplained infections.

These proposals will hurt the women they claim to protect.  Women in desperate circumstances will seek desperate solutions.  We well send these misguided men back home in 2014 but it will take too many years to undo their damage.

Zareen Kapadia

Durham

Shameful procedure

The League of Women Voters of North Carolina supports full disclosure on all bills introduced in the State Legislature.  The league therefore opposes the legislation presented by the State Senate on HB 695. 

We are surprised and disappointed that the North Carolina legislature would consider such an underhanded procedure to pass a bill that is crucial to the women of North Carolina and not have public input regarding the bill. If passed, this legislation has the potential to create additional problems for the women of North Carolina.  Why did the Senate decide that this bill did not need any public input when it deals with the lives of women around the state?"

To not have public input makes it seem that the legislators want to "rule" everything in North Carolina without hearing from their people.  It is within our "right to know" that this important piece of legislature should be given a chance for the people to share their comments during public arenas.  People need to know what is happening in Raleigh. 

The League of Women Voters of North Carolina urges the North Carolina Senate and House legislators to reject this new government program.  Many legislative bills have or will be enacted upon the people in North Carolina during this legislative session.  We are opposed to many of these bills as been stated in the past.  This procedure brought on by the Senate in the late hours of their session and without public comments, is shameful of our state legislators.

Jo Nicholas

President, League of Women Voters of North Carolina.

‘Right-wing dark age’

The ignorance, greed, racism, homophobia and misogyny being displayed by" PatMcRoyRogers" and his right wing cowboys is a disgrace for North Carolina,

We have become a laughingstock in the eyes of progressive America. Welcome to our newly formed "North Carolina right-wing dark age."

Bob Vasile

Durham