Abortion and Feminism

Letter to the Editor, NY Times 04 March 2017

By Terry O’Neill, President, National Organization for Women

To the Editor:

Re “Pro-Life, but Left Out,” by Lauren Enriquez (Op-Ed, Feb. 27):

Lauren Enriquez used a suspect Knights of Columbus/Marist Poll to support a shaky critique of the Women’s March on Washington for failing to include an anti-abortion message.

Contrary to the data she cited, a recent Pew Research Center poll concluded that public support for legal abortion was 57 percent, as high as it has been in two decades.

More significantly, a 2015 survey reported overwhelming majorities believe that when a woman has decided to have an abortion, her experience should be: informed by medically accurate information (94 percent), safe (93 percent), without pressure (73 percent), affordable and available in her community (72 percent), and without shame (68 percent).

The Women’s March on Washington was a positive affirmation of women’s rights as human rights, including the right of each of us to make our own informed health care decisions. The march celebrated the millions of women, immigrants, Muslims and others who had been insulted, demonized and threatened by vicious rhetoric in the recent election.

I can’t think of a more inclusive message.

TERRY O’NEILL, WASHINGTON

The writer is president of the National Organization for Women.

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