Wednesday, July 11, 2001
never get it about legal abortion
I am convinced that men (and women, alas) such as Father [David] Epps [in The Citizen Review, July 6] will never begin to understand what an agonizing decision it is to seek an abortion, nor the horrific circumstances that accompany it. Can there be no understanding and compassion for the woman involved?
I am old enough to remember when safe, legal abortions were not available. I wonder if Fr. Epps would have been willing to perform a "Liturgy at the Time of Death" for a teenager in a squalid room, abandoned by her "doctor," or for a frightened high-schooler, bleeding in a toilet stall, afraid to call for help.
In wrestling with this complicated issue (and with due respect for a member of the clergy), there is one certainty for me we cannot go back.