Recently there was a mailing from Rep. Merrill Cook about the so-called "Partial Birth Abortion Act." I would like to express my concern that legislators are playing politics with women's health. Legislators should be spending more time on preventing unintended pregnancies and not target women who are seeking legal abortions. Doctors, not politicians, should be making medical decisions. A ban on abortion procedures ties the hands of doctors and undermines a physician's ability to determine the best course of treatment for a patient. Good medical judgment, not political whim, should dictate which medical procedures are safest and most appropriate for a patient.
The bottom line is that a woman and her family deserve the best, safest and most compassionate medical care when they face an unintended or tragic pregnancy. We need to leave deeply personal decisions to women and their families. It would be cruel to ban methods of abortion that may be a woman's best option to preserve her health or future fertility.I am opposed to Rep. Cook's support of the so-called "Partial Birth Abortion Act" and support Planned Parenthood's dedication to providing education, outreach, training and services to thousands of Utahns.
Salt Lake City