Letter: Abortion for mother's health

Opponents to expanded abortion rights in New York

Opponents to expanded abortion rights in New York state hold signs at the Capitol on Wednesday in Albany. Part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's 10-point women's rights legislation aims to codify the federal Roe v. Wade decision on abortion rights into state law. (June 12, 2013) (Credit: AP)

Newsday's editorial "Allow a vote on abortion bill" [June 16] urges our lawmakers to act "above the narrow narrative of routine politics."

The current state law allows abortion after 24 weeks of pregnancy only if the life of the mother is in danger, and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo wants to have it changed to include the health of the mother. Newsday questions the resistance to that proposed change. Common sense should indicate that this change would open the door to late-term abortions for women for any reason. A doctor could conveniently confirm that the woman's health would be adversely affected by her continued pregnancy or eventual delivery of the child. It would be a wide-open escape clause.

The editorial refers to a concern about later-term abortions, where fetuses may survive outside the womb. One of the paramount issues relating to abortion should focus on the fetus, not just its mother, especially one that reaches the viable stage. Should it have any independent rights despite its mother's wishes?

For those whose conscience tells them that a viable fetus is a human being and should have rights, an issue of conscience, not politics, presents itself.

Robert Wilson, West Islip

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