Ruling sends women back to back alley | Letters
It was 1963, before abortion was legal, and I was a medical student at Boston City Hospital and working in the emergency room.
Night after night, women as young as 14 were brought to the emergency room following desperate attempts to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. They used everything from dirty catheters, metal coat hangers and even inserted acid to try and terminate the pregnancy. These women had high fevers and died of terrible infections every day, despite our best efforts to save them with intravenous antibiotics and major surgeries, including hysterectomies. It was a horrific time for these patients and for the doctors and nurses trying to help them survive.
Since Roe v. Wade made abortion legal in 1973, I haven’t seen a single case of septic abortion in over 50 years of my OB-GYN practice in New Jersey.
I am overwhelmed with sadness and find it almost impossible to believe that the dark days of “behind the scenes” abortions could be upon us again in 2022.
Ron Zevin, MD, Short Hills
Note: The author is a retired OB-GYN physician.
A time lag in this country
What is happening in this country?
It’s incredible; it’s like stepping back in time.
First, of course, there was the January 6 insurgency sparked by a former president who did not want to leave office. Never before in the history of this great country has this happened.
Then the Supreme Court of the United States handed down a decision that essentially allows everyone to carry a gun.
It’s a bit like the colonial era. And, now, the court overturns the Roe v. Wade.
Why are we becoming a country again with less freedom and more murder?
The GOP clowns — not all Republicans — better start saving up to put all those unwanted kids through college.
Michele Bedford, Linden
The Unmentionable: Abortion and More
Our US Constitution apparently doesn’t mention abortion, so the US Supreme Court just struck down 50 years of protection for American women by striking down Roe v. Wade.
The framers of the Constitution did not mention cars, airplanes, computers, or microwave ovens. And, nowhere in our “original” Constitution is there any mention of electric hair dryers, laser printers, pinball machines, HDTVs, propane grills, or cloud computing.
Will the “originalist” members of the Supreme Court also get rid of all these wonderful things, simply because they are not mentioned in the Constitution? I do not know. But I believe these judges are then going to take away our right to privacy.
Frank L. Freet, West Milford
Double jeopardy in car insurance
Regarding the recent article, “NJ Auto Insurance Rates Could Skyrocket for 1 Million Drivers Under New Bills, Opponents Warn,” about legislation that would require minimum coverage of $250,000 Personal Injury Protection (PIP), down from $15,000 now:
If I have proof that my health insurance provider will cover my medical expenses if injured in a car accident, I shouldn’t be required to maintain PIP coverage, not even the current minimum of $15,000. Our lawmakers should focus on how to implement this change, instead of arbitrarily requiring all drivers to maintain a minimum of $250,000 PIP coverage.
The big winners from this auto insurance reform proposal are health insurance providers who would no longer have to pay the first $250,000 in medical bills for crash-related injuries, and every driver in the state will finance the exceptional profits of health insurers. .
Let’s hope our lawmakers and Governor Phil Murphy realize this before it’s too late.
Joseph Berkowitz, Berkeley Heights
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