I found Melvina Young’s Midwest Voices commentary “A democracy doesn’t ensure women’s rights” (6/23, Opinion) pathetic. A democracy, Ms. Young, should ensure all persons’ rights.
She cites efforts to ban partial-birth abortion. By U.S. statute, partial-birth abortion is defined as “any abortion in which the fetus is extracted past the navel outside the body of the mother, or in the case of head first, the entire fetal head is outside the body of the mother in order to cause the death of the fetus.”
Young decries the fact that the partial-birth abortion ban includes no exception regarding the mother’s health. The fetus is half-born and will continue to be born if not killed by the abortionist before completion of the birth. Now how, at this point, is this going to impact the mother’s health?
And tell me, Ms. Young, whose rights are being violated?