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Westchester County NOW PAC 2008 Endorsements

Westchester NOW PAC proudly endorses the following candidates: For New York State Senate: District 34: Jeffrey D. Klein (D, I, W) District 35: Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D, W) District 36: Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D, W) District 37: Suzi Oppenheimer (D, W) For New York State Assembly: District 87: J. Gary Pretlow (D, I) District 88: Amy R. Paulin (D, I, W) District 89: Adam Bradley (D, I, W) District 90: Sandra Galef (D, I) District 91: George S. Latimer (D, I, W) District 92: Richard Brodsky (D, W) District 93: Michael Spano (D, C, W) District 99: John A. Degnan (D, W)

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Subject: "Granholm threatens veto" article Friday, June 13, 2008
Date: Sun, 22 Jun 2008 13:04:23 EDT
To: info@ap.org

To the editors:

Imagine for a moment that you know a healthy woman in her last month of an 
uncomplicated  pregnancy.   At this stage the woman only has two choices:  
continue the pregnancy, have the baby and raise it as a member of the family, or 
continue the pregnancy, have the baby and give it up for adoption.  Abortion is 
not an option for healthy women with uncomplicated pregnancies at this stage, 
because the fetus is viable at this time.  In our society, viable fetuses are 
delivered with full medical support, both for them and their mothers.   And 
that is how it should be.
There are, and will continue to be, however, rare instances where the life 
and/or health of a pregnant woman will be threatened if a pregnancy continues - 
one that was very much wanted.  The federal legislation recently validated by 
the Supreme Court that bans certain abortion procedures plays politics with 
women's health.  A pregnant woman has the right to end a pregnancy that 
threatens her health, and she has the right to the safest method available as 
determined by her physicians.  One such method is vaginal delivery with spinal fluid 
removal to ease the process.  

For these reasons I take issue with the way late-term abortion procedures 
have been repeatedly portrayed in your releases, most recently in a June 13, 2008 
item. The one-sentence summary reads:  "The outlawed procedure typically is 
used to end pregnancies in the second and third trimesters and involves 
partially removing the fetus intact from a woman's uterus and then crushing or 
cutting its skull to complete the abortion."  This sounds like a woman has a 
C-section and the fetus's head is smashed or cut, an outrageous notion.  Moreover, 
the "crushing or cutting the skull" language is straight out of ant-choice 

Women who have late-term abortions have enough difficulties without having to 
endure insinuations of being baby killers.  The press can help by being 
accurate in its description: "The procedure typically is used to end pregnancies in 
the second and third trimesters and involves removing the fetus vaginally by 
methods to ease delivery."

Thank you.

(Ms.) Jon Wegienek
Member, Westchester Chapter, National Organization for Women,
Former Reproductive Rights Task Force Chair, NOW-New York State, 1990-1999

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