Oct 31, 2011

Don't Let Out of State Special Interest Use Mississippi as A Battle Ground

Kate Vrazel’s letter is full of misleading propaganda. 


According to The CDC Abortion is one of the safest surgical procedures for women in the United States. Less than 0.5% of women obtaining abortions experience a complication, and the risk of death associated with abortion is about one-tenth that associated with childbirth. 

 The National Cancer Institute has concluded that having an abortion or miscarriage does not increase a woman’s subsequent risk of developing breast cancer. 

The New England Journal of Medicine published a report showing that abortions did not lead to an increase in mental health problems although childbirth did. http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa0905882

According to the Guttmacher Institute's latest fact sheet on abortion, 1% of all abortions occur because of rape/incest; 6% of abortions occur because of potential health problems regarding either the mother or child. Currently women who are victims of rape/incest also have the option of taking the Morning After Pill. Thankfully the percentage of women seeking an abortion due to rape/incest/medical necessity is small but that does not give us the right to deny these women abortions.

Vrazel also failed to note that the Mississippi chapter of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, the Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Medical Association the Mississippi Nurses Association House of Delegates all oppose Initiative 26. Additionally Roman Catholic bishops in several states, including Mississippi, have said they could not support this particular legislation and the Rt. Rev. Duncan M. Gray III of the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi has come out against it.

Supporters of 26 are attempting to use religious dogma, propaganda and emotion to sway voters, please show those who wish to use Mississippi as a battle ground that we are too smart for their chicanery, VOTE NO on 26.

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