The readers’ forum

Keep abortion safe and legal


Forty years ago this month, the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade, the landmark case which recognized that a pregnant woman has a right to make her own decision about whether to have a child or have an abortion. Roe remains the law of the land, even though states across the nation — including Florida — have enacted laws that, bit by bit, chip away at that right. Deciding whether and when to bear children, including whether to terminate a pregnancy, is an intensely private matter between a woman, her doctor, and often, her family and her faith. But over two short years, our elected representatives in Tallahassee have passed laws that intrude into the doctor-patient relationship, and have tried to regulate abortion providers out of existence.

There has always been, and may always be, passionate disagreement over whether women do, in fact, have the right to make these decisions. Abortions have occurred for centuries, but only since Roe v. Wade have they been legal and safe in the United States.

Although we must remain vigilant in keeping politicians out of private medical decisions, we must also strive to reduce the frequency of, and need for, abortions. Young men and women must learn how to prevent unintended pregnancies. Medically sound sex education must be every parent’s responsibility, and should also be available in our schools. Moreover, appropriate prenatal medical care and parenting classes must be available to all who choose to have a family.

No matter how each of us personally feels about abortion, Americans have had enough of politicians trying to take that decision away from a woman and her doctor. So, on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, let’s not only commit ourselves to working to keep abortion safe and legal, but also to ensure that women who choose to continue their pregnancy have the medical care and resources they deserve, and that their children can thrive in homes where they are cared for and loved.

Maria Kayanan, associate legal director, ACLU Foundation of Florida

Ethelyne Jones, M.D.

Read more Letters to the Editor stories from the Miami Herald

  • The readers’ forum

    Educating youth on financial responsibility

    As part of our ongoing legislative priorities for the 2014 Legislative Session, the Florida Credit Union Association (FCUA) is proud to actively participate and promote Financial Literacy Month this April.

  • Defensive driving “with friends”

    When driving I have been practicing a laissez-faire attitude for many years now since it is totally useless to get upset, especially here in Miami Beach where we have so many visitors trying to find an address or just enjoying the views.

  • Let’s go, library team

    Re the April 11 article, Library would fire over half of full-timers: Oh, goody, let’s fire 56 percent of full-time library workers and cut hours an average of 35 percent.

Miami Herald

Join the

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category