Letters to the Editor

Outlaw abortion based on gender

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Re: The article about the woman who resisted being bullied by her in-laws to abort a female fetus (‘I am someone’s daughter,’ The Leader, Feb. 9).

Is there not a law prescribing jail time for anyone who pressures a woman to have an abortion against her will?

If not, surely this is one law which both pro-choice and anti-abortion advocates could get behind.

Personally, I support a woman’s right to make her own reproductive choices – including abortion if that is what she feels is her best option at the time.  Prohibiting legal abortions has been shown time and again to lead to increased death and disability due to illegal abortions and to increased crime due to unwanted children being tortured by unsuitable caregivers during their formative years.

However, abortion is never a good thing. At best it is the least damaging option.

Abortion based on gender discrimination is something no one in their right mind would support and should be firmly suppressed by all legal means possible. We should not allow prejudice against female children to excuse forced abortion either.

Ullrich Fischer


Mothers: Choose life

Re: “I am someone’s daughter,” (The Leader, Feb. 9).

I would like to applaud reporter Sheila Reynolds for writing this article and bringing to light the issue of how some mothers are pressured into having abortions. I would also like to encourage Satnam that when she used her God–given right to choose life for her daughter, she did a marvellous act that will bless her despite all the sacrifices she has made to make that choice.

It is my prayer that pregnant women everywhere and in all circumstances will choose the same as Satnam, that they will choose life.

Gloria Faber, Surrey

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