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Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | JULY 11, 2013 5:00 AM

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Re: Crisis Center

If you can donate your time, money, or nonperishable food, you can help the Crisis Center of Johnson County. The Crisis Center is a place you can turn to in a time of need. The Crisis Center is there for you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Food Bank, where you can pick up food once a week on any weekday, offers nonperishable and perishable food, as well as personal hygiene items. The Food Bank can also help you with many other services, including clothing and household item vouchers, and help you pay for utilities, prescriptions, and minor car repairs. You can help the Crisis Center provide these services.

Currently, the Food Bank is holding a food drive called Thanksgiving in July. It is very easy to participate. Simply look for the large donation barrels at any of these Iowa City grocery stores through July 31, and donate any nonperishable items: Bread Garden, both Fareway stores, all three Hy-Vee stores, and the New Pioneer Food Co-op.

Danielle Oakes
Johnson County Crisis Center

In regard to Jennifer Bowen’s July 10 Letter to the Editor, I must ask:

“… women have the abortion at home and have to deal with the body of the dead baby.” Really? Approximately 1/3 of an ounce (about 9 grams) is what that “dead baby” would weight. Women pass menstrual clots larger than that.

“Medication abortions are more risky than surgical abortions. At least 11 women have died after a medication abortion, including five women in the United States.” In what time span? Under what circumstances? What is the rate? Based on which statistics?

The author’s letter is alarmist. It is my believe that safe abortion must remain an option for women who choose it.

Diane Graber


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