We Hear You! Letters from Our March 2014 Issue

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by MORE • Editors
March 2014 Cover

I tried to do some research about abortion, but really, what you find depends on who is doing the research: the Guttmacher Institute (pro choice) finds no negative consequences to abortion, and the Elliot Institute (pro life) finds many.  Most women seem to seek abortion because they are simply unable or unwilling to parent (that’s from Guttmacher!) so wouldn’t adoption be a more positive solution (i.e. one thatdoesn’t involve the death of a child)?  Because that’s what abortion is: the death of a child.

That’s what I found so disturbing about Ms Robb’s treatment of this story.  She never acknowledges that abortion kills babies (except very briefly in reporting her interview with Troy Newman, who was presented as rather an idiot and a bully). They are tiny, yes, but recognizably babies, with brains and beating hearts and fingers and toes and earlobes.

Currently I work with an organization that seeks to provide support young women who are experiencing crisis pregnancies. In our small town, this has become something of a parenting resource centre, offering parenting classes to moms and dads (many who grew up in and out of foster care and have very few resources), counseling, anger management and a variety of other things. The women who work there provide stability, advice, clothes, diapers, formula, childcare, and help in a myriad of ways to these young women who want the best for their babies, even if they aren’t sure of their ability to provide it. They work long hours for very little pay, and fundraise constantly just to keep the doors open.  There is no government funding for what they do, and our clients pay nothing for services. To me, these women are the real heroes.

Thanks for taking time to read this – I hope that “complaints are as welcome as compliments”, as you claim.  I wanted you to know that not all of your readers share your assumptions about the “right” of abortion

--Kristen Ghesquiere

Lesley, 

I will not renew my subscription to More.  I took out my subscription with the thought that it would be an enjoyable magazine.  Clothing trends, makeup techniques for the 50ish woman.  I do not want to read about abortion.  I want to have my coffee/wine and enjoy your magazine.  I can watch any channel as you pointed out and be bombarded with trash.  You have had some excellent articles, this is not one of them.  Sorry....you've lost me. 

--Debbie

I loved your magazine until you took on such an offensive topic. More than half of the nation values life and does not support late term abortions. Why would you glorify this is beyond me. Death doesn't make More of anything. Please think before you offend so many women who value life at all stages. My boys were shocked to see this as I left the magazine open to show my husband. You do have conservative readers and it doesn't seem like you recognize such.

--Anonymous

Just read your March issue. "The Woman who won't back down" was disturbing. It's obvious that it was written with a pro abortion slant. Garbage,I usually encourage my friends to subscribe, but this article changed my mind. Young women today are much smarter than Ms.Burkhart,and don't fall for this sympathy filled story about poor Dr. Tiller and his associates. It's geared for left over hippies. I won't be renewing any subscriptions for More magazine and will encourage others to do the same. Mary Anne Calabrese   Maybe someone should tell Ms.Burkhart that womens health does not include killing human beings.

--Anonymous

Ms. Seymour,

I just received the March issue of  More and was appalled that you would publish an article celebrating Julie Burkhart and her work running an abortion clinic.  You look like a nice lady and I had enjoyed the other articles about ridding myself of things I don’t need any more and about what to wear at what age.  I can’t believe you actually support what this woman is doing.

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Wendy 04.18.2014

I love the articles, but the fashions are not practical or affordable for someone who works in a rural library and makes very little money.

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