Your editorial "Texas justice" (Jan. 26) complains that anti-abortion forces opposed to the activities of groups like Planned Parenthood have succeeded in applying "red tape" to the procedure.

I recall that a couple of years ago in Maryland several abortion clinics were closed after the deaths of patients from complications attending their treatment. Had these tragedies not occurred, the clinic inspections that followed in 2013-14 would most likely not have happened.

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For The Sun to state that too much red tape is involved in monitoring abortion providers and that "elaborate physician and hospital standards," including counseling and a waiting period, are unnecessary is simply wrong. Those are exactly the kind of procedures that would have prevented the deaths of these women.

David A. Kraus, Nottingham

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