Hello: I have been a More subscriber since you were first in print, and have evolved through my 40’s and 50’s with your magazine. I have found the content largely informative and entertaining, and a good reflection of “maturing” women. I would, however, like to comment on your photographs, particularly those on your cover and feature stories. It is wonderful to see fabulous-looking women in their 40’s and 50’s, but these photos have been so completely airbrushed that these women appear entirely wrinkle free. To me, this says: it’s ok to age as long as you don’t have any wrinkles, and look at least 10 years younger than you really are. This seems inconsistent with the message of many of your articles (for example, Redefining Beauty for Deeper Happiness, January 2013). I would encourage you to show some mature beauties with a hard-earned wrinkle or two, affirming the message that looking great in your 40’s, 50’s and beyond does not necessarily equate with being wrinkle free.
I think it is great that the pro-life women interviewed decided to carry their babies to term. That is their decision. My continuing problem with this issue is that they presume that what was right for them is also right everyone. We have the freedom in this country to express our beliefs and act accordingly but we do not have to right to force others to abide by our personal belief system. My other issue is that I rarely see anyone stepping up to the plate after a baby is born. The same states that want to curtail abortion rights also want to cut their Medicaid budgets. I also don't see churches and other organizations that oppose abortion offering financial services, food, housing, education and support to teen mothers that don't have any resources. Why don't we see religious organizations asking their congregations support birth control options or to take in these mothers and children for a year or at least offer some kind of support? Why don't we see them out carrying signs insisting on financial support and improvement of foster care services? Teen parent programs? I guess after the baby is born, the baby is the mother's problem. I say, do something positive and put your money where your mouth is.
You would think that after 40 years of butting heads with no results to speak of, that a different question would be asked - what can be done to prevent unwanted pregnancies to begin with?
I can't agree that abortion is a valid form of birth control, but I do believe in birth control. Why can't that be the focus - from education to the morning-after pill? As for those horror stories of mother's who will die if they don't abort, maybe the doctors just aren't trying hard enough.
--Alice Lee Martin
I am responding to your article, "Roe v. Wade - Still Controversial After All These Years" in last month's issue. I feel after 40 years and a horrifying 55,000,000 abortions, this issue needs to be readdressed at this time. I believe the majority of women who abort feel that is the only choice they have. So I propose that we fund pregnancy centers with the same dollar amount that we fund Planned Parenthood, and offer women a real choice. Women can choose to get all the services they need to bring their pregnancies to term at pregnancy centers, or they can choose to abort at Planned Parenthood. That is a real choice and pro-women. You didn't mention in your article Doe v. Bolton, the companion decision to Roe v. Wade that was handed down on the same day. In Doe v. Bolton, abortion was legalized throughout all 9 months of pregnancy. There is definitely a war on women, but it's not coming from the places we've been led to believe. We deserve better. And I have yet to read about the economic cost of abortion, by the loss of what would have been an additional 55 million tax payers.
--Natalie De Blasi
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