Letter to the Editor: Remind elected officials of broad support for Roe


I am a family doctor who cares for patients throughout their life. Although I treat muscle sprains, diabetes, and heart disease, I treat reproductive health issues just as often, including pregnancies, both planned and unplanned.

For this reason, I am troubled and angered by the constant attacks on reproductive rights across the country, most recently the Supreme Court’s leaked draft opinion that the court is willing to overturn Roe v. Wade. This statement continues to show how out of touch our leaders, elected and unelected, are. According to Pew Research, 61% of Americans think abortion should be legal in “all or most cases,” and 69% don’t want Roe v. Wade be canceled, according to a CNN/SSRS poll.

As a doctor, I am terrified for communities across the country, because 58% of people who identify as women live in states hostile to reproductive rights, and 26 states have laws ready to ban abortion as soon as possible. as possible once Roe cancelled. It is clear that these restrictive laws have nothing to do with the actual improvement of health care, otherwise they would simultaneously improve access to maternal health care, birth control and child care. Instead, all they represent are the agendas of out-of-touch, ignorant and hostile politicians who have no place in our exam rooms.

Let me be clear, though – abortion is still legal. This is only a draft opinion. We need more people to step up, demand change from their elected officials, and let them know that we are the pro-choice majority.

Brendan Plast

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