Women need facts to make informed choice about abortion

Dear editor,
It seems that Kerri Norman-Laver has missed the point (Record, Oct. 5).

Dear editor,It seems that Kerri Norman-Laver has missed the point (Record, Oct. 5).Though I did not attend, what I read about Silent No More was that the intent was to give support to women who’ve suffered post-abortion depression as a result of their choice to have an abortion.Often these women were uninformed of all the options they had before them and were pressured or misled to believe that an abortion was the safest option for them and would cause no harm to the fetus/embryo/lump-of-tissue/zygote invading their bodies.What has been medically proven is that that so-called lump-of-tissue does feel something, though in silence.The guilt and depression women suffer post-abortion has been denied by the medical community and planned parenthood (a.k.a. Comox Valley Options for Sexual Health) as having anything to do with their procedure and instead is blamed on “anti-choice” groups, who, it seems, are the only ones reaching out to counsel these women and help them through their bereavement.These groups are blamed for showing  photographs of the aftermath of abortive procedures and digging up the truth of what actually happens during and after an abortion. To quote the Princess Bride, “Life is pain, highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.”Perhaps we should look at what Comox Valley Options for Sexual Health is selling, as they certainly do not wish to touch the red adder of post-abortion depression and what it means to women making the choice to have abortions. I also challenge Kerri Norman-Laver on this: What is the difference between individual choice and personal agenda?I am a single mother but I kept my child, Kerri, because I knew the consequences of abortion and that my fetus was a living being from the day of conception. Maybe other women wouldn’t give their children up so easily if they knew the truth of the aftermath of their choice.If you truly advocated for choice, you would encourage women to seek out all the information they could find about the procedures, their risks, and their future consequences. Isn’t that what making an informed choice is all about?Candace Pisto,Comox

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