Reviews | “We are women who came of age before Roe v. Wade “


For the publisher:

We are women who came of age before Roe v. Wade. Many of us have had illegal abortions. We are the lucky ones who survived. Thousands did not. The process was cumbersome to commit illegal acts and to be forced to have blind faith in practitioners who had questionable medical degrees.

We are outraged, dismayed and frightened for generations of women younger than us. We know how frightening the specter of clandestine abortions can be, and that is exactly what some states are legislating. But we know that women will always seek, for one reason or another, to determine their own destiny – and that of their families.

Obviously, state governments and the Supreme Court are forcing us back to dangerous alleys, unreliable suppliers and, God help us, hangers.

We are now forced to reach out to New York Times readers urging them to speak in front of as many audiences as they can find to protest Texas’ outrageous law, SB 8, a direct attack on women and rights. constitutional rights of women.

With the covert backing of a majority of Supreme Court justices, legal maneuvers in Texas have pushed the constitutionally asserted reproductive protections of American women into a dark corner. Texas law further anoints unlicensed citizens to act as enforcers, essentially vigilantes, of the provisions of the law.

The women of New York are lucky that the The state legislature legalized the protections of Roe v. Wade. However, increasingly conservative states do not have that same shelter. Rather, their legislators are looking for ways to further restrict the access of women in their states to reproductive health care, including abortion services. This trend suggests that New York is likely to see more women and their partners who, for their own personal reasons, seek abortion assistance.

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Jeanne Adler
Caroline cox
Linda hoffmann
Carol Kammen
Nancy miller
Sue Perlgut
The writers all live in the Ithaca, New York area.

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Re “US Defense Pact With Australia Enrages France” (one page, September 17):

In its strategic competition with China, the United States cannot afford to alienate our allies, including France, our oldest democratic ally.

With the US-UK deal to help Australia build nuclear-powered submarines over the next decades, the Australians canceled a $ 66 billion deal to buy French-made diesel-electric submarines less efficient.

To compensate France for lost revenue from its military industry, the United States, Britain and Australia could offer to purchase an equal amount of additional French military and civilian equipment. This would help strengthen the alliance with France and appease French indignation.

Jeffrey S. Milstein
Burke, Virginia.
The writer served for 33 years as a political and strategic planner in the departments of state, commerce, treasury, energy and defense and was an assistant professor of political science and international relations at Yale .

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An important aspect of the approach taken to solving the problem of Rikers Island (and many other prisons and prisons) is the ignorance of the needs of inmates living there with severe mental illness.

Part of the solution to the appalling detention conditions should be the construction and staffing of facilities designed to to treat these people, rather than punishing them, so that they have a chance to recover.

There are many more people with mental illness in our prisons and prisons – at great cost, both financially and humanly – than in our psychiatric treatment facilities. It is money that is spent the most recklessly. Their treatment would cost much less than their incarceration, and these people, who live with diseases as treatable as cardiovascular disease, would then have a reasonable chance of becoming productive citizens.

The current policy of criminalizing mental illness is gravely misguided and in dire need of correction.

Joseph W. Vanable Jr.
West Lafayette, Ind.
The writer, Emeritus Professor of Biological Sciences at Purdue University, is the author of “A Cause for Alarm: Mental Illness and Public Policy”.

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Re “The Trump Coup Is Still Raging” (Opinion guest essay, September 13):

As Kevin D. Williamson writes, traditional conservative Republicans do not have a political home. They are “in all likelihood definitely absent”.

As actions at state and national levels have shown, and Mr. Williamson reports, “right-wing nationalist-populists” carried out a coup within the party itself.

A crucial question as to the future of our constitutional democracy remains: why did the truly conservative Republican politicians not organize and separate from the Trumpists? Where is their united voice in opposition? They know very well that the stench of fascism smells the same regardless of time and place. To be silent is to be an accomplice.

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Re “For Afghans in Albania a sweet place to land, but fear persists” (press article, September 14):

That Albania, one of the poorest countries in Europe, has pledged to welcome up to 4,000 Afghan refugees (more than any other European country) and accommodating them in luxury resorts rather than detention centers is no surprise to those familiar with the remarkable generosity shown by predominantly Muslim Albania to its own Jews and to Jews fleeing German occupation during WWII.

Albanians refused to comply with the orders of their German occupiers hand over lists of Jews. In an act of extraordinary kindness, Albania also gave refuge to Jews fleeing the Nazi occupation. As a result, the Jewish population of Albania was in fact bigger after the war than before.

Besa, the sacred Albanian oath of honor which urges to help and protect all people in times of need, has played a big role in guiding the local population. The latest generosity shown to fleeing Afghans by the Albanian government and its people demonstrates the importance of besa in Albania.

Michel bazyler
Orange, California.
The author is a 1939 law professor and law researcher in Holocaust and human rights studies at Dale E. Fowler Law School at Chapman University.

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Re “New research helps explain population crash” (Science Times, September 7):

As climate change has exacerbated the situation facing North Atlantic right whales, the daily threats of deadly entanglements in fishing gear and ship strikes are decimating this species now and must be addressed immediately if we want to save them from extinction.

Even just one human death per year threatens their chances of survival. Updating outdated regulations, enforcing speed limits for vessels in areas where North Atlantic right whales are found, promoting alternatives to fishing such as cordless gear and increasing monitoring are ways the government can help them right now.

We need more aggressive policies that will reduce the risk to North Atlantic right whales and fully support their recovery. Significant changes are needed on the water now before we lose this species forever.

Whitney webber
The writer is campaign manager at Oceana.

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I must admit that I was an old anti-vaccine. I was fiercely opposed to the measles, mumps, whooping cough, diphtheria, tetanus and polio vaccines that the state had mandated me to take. But I realized later that it was actually a good thing.

Kindergarten changes a person.

Patrick flynn
Ridge, New York


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