The June 7 editorial “A blow to reproductive rights” opposed an Arkansas law that requires doctors who provide medication abortion to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. But lessening the required medical and government oversight for medical abortion does a profound disservice to women.
Jeanne F. Mancini, Washington
The writer is president of the
March for Life Education and Defense Fund.
As one of the few remaining abortion providers in the state of Arkansas, I am grateful that the June 7 editorial “A blow to reproductive rights” highlighted that Arkansas “has made access to safe, legal abortion even more difficult.” For the past 10 years, I’ve dedicated my medical practice to providing my patients the care they need and deserve. Sometimes, this means providing contraceptive counseling. Sometimes this means treating a sexually transmitted infection. And, because 1 in 4 women will seek abortion care during their reproductive lives, sometimes this means providing my patients abortion care.
Politicians think time and time again that they know better than my patients. The reality is that politics have no place in my exam room. This ban on medication abortion will not end the need for abortion care; it will only place more unnecessary barriers in the way of seeking out this care. Women of Arkansas should not have to travel hundreds of miles to seek one of the safest medical procedures in health care.
As a physician, I implore our state legislature to focus on passing policies that respect and trust the needs of women and families, not ones that burden and stigmatize.
Stephanie Ho, Fayetteville, Ark.
The writer is a fellow with Physicians for Reproductive Health.