Graphic details about children’s murder are unnecessary
Letters to the Editor November 2, 2012 7:46PM
U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh talks about his stance on abortion at a news conference on Oct. 19. | Rich Hein~Sun-Times
Updated: December 5, 2012 6:32AM
I find it very disturbing the lengths of detail the Chicago Sun-Times went through in the Nov. 2 article about the two children murdered in Naperville. I understand it is the media’s responsibility to present news to the public, but I found in very poor taste the graphic detail, which did not need to be presented to the public.
Perhaps the Sun-Times needs to re-evaluate editing techniques and bear in mind that those children’s classmates, teachers, family and friends have access to read the details your paper printed. Very poorly written article.
Steve Glab, Naperville
Walsh’s false claims wrong, dangerous
We are medical professionals who are deeply disappointed with recent comments about women’s health by U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.). To say that abortions are never medically necessary to save a woman’s life is not only blatantly incorrect, it is dangerous to women everywhere who faced with terrible decisions. In many cases, abortions are the only option to save the life of the mother.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 1,300 women died in the U.S. from pregnancy-related complications in 2007. Thousands more sustained an injury from childbirth, such as infection, hemorrhage and other medical problem. Worldwide, the World Health Organization found nearly 300,000 women died from pregnancy-related problems in 2010.
We are not writing this letter to promote a particular position on abortion. As doctors, we represent a full spectrum of opinions on abortion, but we respect our patients to make the best decision for themselves and their families with the advice of medical professionals. We simply want to provide the facts about reproductive health. In our clinics, hospitals and exam rooms, we will not follow any prepared script from Washington or any other political office or campaign. We will never replace medical facts with political opinions, particularly when it applies to women faced with incredibly difficult decisions about their pregnancy. We refuse to provide inaccurate and harmful information to our patients about the consequences of abortion.
Congressman Walsh, please stop spreading false claims that have no grounds in science or biology and that completely ignore evidence-based medicine.
Aldene Brown, M.D.
Alleda Mack, M.D.
Pamella Gronemeyer, M.D.;
Ram Krishnamoorthi, M.D.
Sachin Shah, M.D.;
Debra Stulberg, M.D.
Philip Verhoef, M.D.
Members of Doctors for America Action