In the article regarding the Reproductive Parity Act (TNT, 2-19), I was struck by the comment made by Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom, D-Medina, that he is a supporter of abortion rights. I found the statement he made – “I’m down here making sure that my 17-year-old daughter has the kind of protection we need in Washington state and that all of our kids have those same kinds of protections” – especially chilling.
Is this the message we want to send to our 17-year-olds, that abortion is now the contraceptive of choice?
There are safe ways of preventing pregnancy and certainly a much better way for the baby and the 17-year-olds. First must come education, along with information on contraception that can be safely used.
I shudder to think that Tom feels the first line of protecting our children is to abort an innocent baby who seems to not have such protection. If a mind frame is so instilled in the fact that an unwanted pregnancy can easily be aborted, why bother with contraceptives? How pathetic.
Surely there is someone in the Medina area who can better represent his constituents.