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WAGNER: Level the playing field for abortion

To the Editor:

In the Feb. 8 issue of The Times, the State Affairs column by Jim Nowlan, began by saying abortion is the defying, underlying issue of the Illinois GOP Gubernational primary. He goes on to ask “whether the two sides (pro-life and pro-choice) could ever come together to work on efforts ... to reduce the number of abortions.”

There is a very simple way to do that — level the playing field by making it a felony to charge or accept any type of remuneration for an abortion.

Pro-life men and women have donated their time, energy and money for decades to establish support and train volunteers to offer assistance to women with unwanted or different pregnancies at no charge.

Since Roe and Doe are still the law of the land, no one can be prosecuted for being involved in one. If pro-choice people think an abortion is necessary to protect a woman’s life or health — although as a registered nurse for more than 50 years, I would deny it ever does — let them provide it free of charge. No charge by the hospital or clinic. No charge by the abortionist, anesthesiologist or other medical personnel. No charge to any ancillary personnel or staff involved in the abortion.

PAT WAGNER

Utica

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