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For pity's sake, don't make abortion a crime

Even abortion opponents must recognize the folly of criminalizing the procedure.

Oh, please. Just make the abortion debate go away! I’m pro-life, and I abhor the thought of abortion and I believe life begins at conception. However, the subject should never be made part of the legal code. I’m old enough to remember when abortion was against the law, yet I knew many women who sought a “back alley” way to get one. All the laws in the land couldn’t stop that, and they never will (“Here’s why an abortion rights amendment in Maryland would matter,” Aug. 2).

And more importantly, I’ve searched the U.S. Constitution for mention of abortion and have found nothing. Apparently, the folks who wrote and then ratified that amazing document had more important things to deal with. And so should we.

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If abortion once again became criminalized, who would become the fetus police force? We need law enforcement to protect the living, not the yet to be born.

The arguments on both sides are valid, but the debate is a colossal waste of time. However, the 800-pound gorilla in the room is the current effort to criminalize the procedure (“Even if Roe stands, abortion rights could be cut,” July 10). Get with the program and understand what this is all about. The ultimate goal of the radical, pro-life groups is to create a new criminal class. I may be pro-life but I know outlawing the procedure is a really bad idea.

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Rosalind Heid, Baltimore

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