Anthony J. Tarantino Sr. (3/1, Letters) says abortion is selfish. I say the issue of abortion is not black and white.
Carrying an infant to term and giving birth is not without medical problems, especially for teens and pre-teens. You have your head in the sand if you think these tragic pregnancies don’t happen. We have sicko males among us who impregnate the females in their households. A recent Star article (1/24, A-1, “Father faces charges of incest and murder; Man allegedly had four children by a teenage daughter”) detailed one ugly story. No girl should be forced to have her own sibling.
By definition a parasite is a something that lives off something else. We don’t want to believe or even say the words, but in the case of a female and fetus, it is what it is.
And, men, I will listen attentively to your rant about abortion and pregnancy when it is your medical condition. Strong rhetoric about abortion by males suggests they may have a control-the-women issue.
Choosing to have an abortion is hardly a selfish act. Most women choose to terminate a pregnancy out of concern about being able to properly care for and provide for a child. The rebuttal? “Women need to think about that before having sex.” The fact is that many women do think about that before having sex, but birth control methods fail.
And then, of course, there are women who are brutally raped. Is rape a selfish choice? Is it selfish for the raped woman to look at her child and be constantly reminded of the brutal rape? I think not.
What is selfish is to bring a child into this world fully knowing that you (the mother) are not capable of caring for that child.