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Readers talk about forced births, Dolly Parton and rent hikes – New York Daily News

Bronx: During my years as a visiting nurse, I have met many young women at different stages of pregnancy and motherhood. I had a 14 year old daughter who gave birth on the bathroom floor of her mother’s apartment because she was afraid she would be kicked out of the house if her mother found out she was pregnant. I met girls and women who had no idea — in the 20th century! – how their body worked.

There were girls who were naive enough to believe that their teenage boyfriends would help raise the baby if they went through with the pregnancy. There was the father who impregnated two of his daughters. There were women with ectopic pregnancies that would have killed both mother and fetus. And there were wealthier women who could afford and get abortions by any means necessary.

Fast forward all these years and we see that the maternal mortality rate is higher in the United States than in any other industrialized country. Pregnancy is not an easy condition. Many complications can arise. Once the child arrives, many expenses are necessary.

I don’t consider these forced births pro-life. Truly pro-life people would support childcare, housing, education, medical care, etc. yours now. The apparent belief that abortion is an easy decision runs counter to logic. The hatred of women is evident in all these decisions. Claudette Mobley

Manhattan: I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again to anyone who opposes legalizing abortion: I’m also not a big fan of losing innocent lives, but if a woman thinks abortion is her only option (and she is the only one who can make that choice – no other woman and certainly not a man), she deserves to have a safe and legal abortion, no matter what state she lives in. If you are more concerned about the birth of this child and not about the quality of life this child will have once born, or do nothing to help this mother and her child, you are pro-birth, not pro-life (it there’s a big difference), and you have to shut up and watch your own business. Lynne A. Henderson

East Orange, NJ: Voice of Vanessa Pallotto: Certainly abortion is the end of human life and in a perfect world there would be no need for abortion. But our world is far from perfect. Unfortunately, a woman does not always have the right to choose when it comes to sex that results in pregnancy. How many women choose to be raped? How many are forced or coerced into having unprotected sex, even by their own husbands? How many young girls are victims of men, sometimes of their own family, before they are old enough to understand what is being done to them? How many women don’t have the education to make choices or access to birth control that won’t result in pregnancy? Until women, who are living and meaningful people, receive the inalienable right to the protections to which they are entitled under the law, abortion will be necessary. Ellen Moxley

Flushing: To The Voicer Chet Walker: Do you really believe that the pro-lifers investigating the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion on the overturning of Roe v. Wade should seek execution from the funder? Isn’t the person who leaked the document a living person? Or does the right to life begin at conception and end at birth? I doubt anyone would be surprised at the reactions to the leak on either side. Cathi Venis

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Brooklyn: Judge Samuel Alito justified the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in part on the grounds that abortion was restricted in many states at the time of the Constitution’s approval, so it could not be considered to be implicitly protected in this document. However, until the 1860s, abortion was legal in most states until “quickening,” that is, when the woman became aware of the movements of the fetus, usually during the second trimester. Alito used an outright lie to justify the court’s decision to strip American women of a constitutional right they have enjoyed for nearly half a century. Additionally, using Alito’s reasoning, previous Supreme Court decisions making access to birth control and constitutional rights to same-sex marriage should also be overturned since the sale of contraceptives and same-sex marriage were not not legal in the 1790s when slavery was. Denis Middlebrooks

Staten Island: Judge Alito seems to think that caring for a child conceived by rape is not an example of involuntary servitude. He should be forced to take care of an unwanted child for a few years. Sharon G. Rosen

Manhattan: Let’s look at Dolly Parton’s rock career. She had two No. 1 hits: “9 to 5” and “Islands in the Stream” (featuring Kenny Rogers). She had 18 other songs on the pop charts. In comparison, the Go-Gos ranked seven songs, with “We Got the Beat” the highest at #2. Johnny Cash, Brenda Lee, Elvis and the Everly Brothers are in the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. If Dolly joins this elite group, I don’t think most music fans would object. George Kowal

Manhattan: Regarding your May 6 article, “Municipal Rent Panel OK Rises Between 2% and 6%”: The Rent Guidelines Board, which is responsible for determining these annual rent increases, does not consider one most important issue: the owners of the six or eight apartment brownstone buildings where they live should not be treated the same as the millionaire/billionaire mega-owners in New York with many apartment buildings containing 40 or 100 apartments. Failure to make this distinction, as well as ignoring the fact that some leases require tenants to pay their own energy costs and in other cases landlords do, is also incompetent. No, one size does not fit all and current laws are long overdue for rewriting. Ingrid Eisen

Manhattan: With his popularity waning after a few months in office, Mayor Adams finds it necessary to clean/pedicure his feet before donning his fashionista outfit for the Met Gala. Mr. Mayor, put on your dirty socks, stop staging election junkets all over the country, put more effort into crime reduction, and publicly demand that Governor Hochul do something about law enforcement reform. bail. John Brindisi

Bayside: It really amazes me that there isn’t a single commentary, let alone a headline, on the stock market’s free fall in recent days. It’s funny, if Donald Trump was still in charge, it would have been breaking news! I am not a Trumper, far from it. I did not vote for him and I never will. Unfortunately, I also couldn’t vote for the left-wing, all-out Democrat. If they can ever be found, I pray/hope some sane politician will eventually get us through these tough and difficult times. Just for once, why can’t you report something negative that’s happening under Democratic Party rule and let us read what’s happening today? Many of us lose a lot of our hard-earned money. I’m tired of going to Google to find out why! Linda Chapman

Whitestone: Russian citizens believe Vladimir Putin’s propaganda that the atrocities in Ukraine are happening because Russia is liberating Ukrainians from the Nazis – despite the fact that Volodymyr Zelenskyy is Jewish. All of Putin’s government-controlled “news” networks spew Putin’s lies that Russia’s special military operation is “protecting Ukraine from Nazification and genocide”, going so far as to say that Ukrainians would have greeted the Russian forces with flowers had they been in season. . How can people believe such a massive lie? Hmm, that reminds me of a certain person who keeps claiming the presidential election was stolen. Trump supporters say Putin is within his rights to try to repossess Ukraine since it was once part of the Soviet Union. In that case, I hope Sarah Palin is ready to defend Alaska. Robert LaRosa Sr.