To the Editor,

This is in response to the Wednesday, July 10 Letter to the Editor “Cheaters never win.” Sharon Frank wrote in her letter that Gov. Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst are cheaters who have used deception to push their abortion bill that hurts the health of women in Texas. I wonder if we could hear the voices of aborted babies what they might say. I wonder if they would cry, “Who cheated me of my right to live?”

Frank claims concern for the health of Texas women. The truth is that a very small minority of abortions are performed due to danger to the mother’s health or due to pregnancies from rape or incest. Statistics gathered reflect that the majority of women who choose to abort their babies are women who want to postpone childrearing, feel they cannot afford a child, or have a relationship problem with their sexual partner. Their choice is not based on a health issue. These women are choosing to take the life of their unborn child for personal reasons. Statistics also show that nearly half of all women who seek abortions did not use any type of protection against unwanted pregnancy and their unborn child is sacrificed on the altar of “a woman’s right to make her own choices.”

I think it is morally wrong for any woman to abort a fetus unless there is a valid and critical health issue for either the mother or her baby. Since Roe vs. Wade, over 53 million babies have been aborted in this country. What about the right to life for all of those unborn babies? Their mothers, in effect, cheated them of the opportunity to live. These babies never even had a chance to “win” in life. I support our legislators in passing legislation to at the very least protect the lives of babies who have reached five months in the womb. Let’s do the morally right thing, Texas.

Carol Walters,