To the editor:
In response to the letter, “John Kline votes regularly against women’s rights,” we would like to voice the opposite opinion.
The proposed legislation by U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Burnsville, does not restrict women’s rights. In fact, such legislation provides women with the truth and options so that they can make the best choice for the baby and for themselves. Since the ruling in Roe v. Wade in 1972, new developments in technology have enabled the medical community to better comprehend a child’s growth and development within the womb.
Research clearly documents that at five months of pregnancy (stated as 20 weeks in the proposed law) the developing child can indeed feel pain. Video documentation of abortion procedures demonstrates this; unborn children move away from the impending needle, which when inserted will cause pain and death. In many cases (also documented), unborn children are delivered in a viable state and extra ordinary means are taken to end their lives.
How does restricting abortions after 20 weeks restrict our rights as women? Most women today know they are pregnant long before they have reached five months. Those who feel abortion should be safe and rare (a term used by most in the pro-choice movement) should be supporting this bill 100 percent. Abortion after five months is not safe for the child or the mother. Since half of the children aborted are future women, we feel that this bill indeed protects women’s rights.
It is time to stop using old rhetoric in order to continue to sway voters against the facts. Legislation that would protect a viable child is indeed worthy. We believe Kline’s views have been in line with his constituents for over a decade. We will find it out again in 2014.