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BY DI READERS | NOVEMBER 04, 2009 7:20 AM

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Women deserve to know abortion facts

I’m not surprised that abortion-rights advocates would squawk about icare’s Oct. 20 pro-life advertising supplement. The truth hurts. They can claim that the information is inaccurate and quote their own research, but I would simply point out that every fact in the supplement is well-documented and all the articles are extensively footnoted.

For example, in discussing the long-term effects of abortion, the supplement cites an article from The European Journal of Public Health and six other sources, which people are free to look up and read on their own. If there are studies that show that pregnant women who abort are more at risk of long-term clinical depression or breast cancer, don’t women have a right to know that, even if the Law Students for Reproductive Justice want to discount it (Daily Iowan, Oct. 27)?

Women need to be educated on the lasting physical and emotional consequences of abortion, which is what this supplement aims to do. And that’s why abortion-rights advocates would like to suppress it. Before a woman walks into an abortion clinic, she deserves to know what this abortion will do to her and to her unborn child. It is her right. One could even call it “reproductive justice.”

Jeanne Bryson
Iowa City resident

Life-expectancy rate misstated

The Oct. 20 article about health care (“Locals address health care”) quoted UI Vice President for Medical Affairs Jean Robillard as saying, “We are in the lowest quartile in the world for life expectancy.” Perhaps he was misquoted. I looked at some websites that listed life expectancy for over 200 countries, and the United States was in the top 50.

I’m no math major, but 50 out of more than 200 hardly puts us in the “lowest quartile.” While it would be great to be No. 1, the charts I viewed went all the way down to the 30s at the bottom. That makes the United States’ average life expectancy of nearly 80 years look pretty good to me. If Robillard was not misquoted, maybe he would care to provide facts to back up his statement.

Deborah Hurd
UIHC employee


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