May 8, 2013

Letters to the editor: Illegal abortion would yield more Gosnells

I knew it wouldn't take long, once I read about the the trial of illegal-abortion provider Kermit Gosnell, for M.D. Harmon ("

Philadelphia mass-murder trial finally getting attention

," April 19) and others with an anti-choice agenda to try to spin human misery into talking points.

As much as the "Keep government out of my gun cabinet, but gray-haired men should hold dominion over the womb of every childbearing-age American woman" crowd is attempting to make hay with Gosnell's alleged atrocities, they are barking up the wrong tree.

Instead, Gosnell's alleged crimes have helped shine a light on what exactly happens when well-regulated abortion services are not available to women.

Before Roe v. Wade, women and girls attempting to terminate a pregnancy were forced to seek out undertrained and unlicensed midwives or quacks armed with coat hangers, knitting needles and caustic chemicals.

Sterilization, infections, hemorrhaging and other complications, including death, were regular occurrences for the patients.

As in the past, modern-day quacks like Gosnell prey upon vulnerable women and girls. In Gosnell's case, many of his alleged victims were recent immigrants mired in poverty.

Like drug dealers and other criminals, Gosnell didn't care that his alleged activities were illegal or about the women and children he is accused of destroying, only that he was making money.

That will never change, either.

In the perfect world, inhabited only by anti-choice dreamers, all acts of conception would occur in perfect situations, where both parties are mature, prepared, willing and able to take on the consequences of their actions.

That fantasy has never had any resemblance to reality. Not yesterday, not today and not tomorrow.

If Roe v. Wade is overturned and abortion is outlawed, countless more Kermit Gosnells will open up countless more butcher shops to fill the inevitable demand, and we'll have those "compassionate" pro-lifers to thank.  

Jeremy Smith
Old Orchard Beach


Senators urged to confirm nominee for EPA chief


Gina McCarthy was recently nominated by President Obama to be the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

McCarthy's rare ability to put partisan politics aside and work with both Republicans and Democrats to implement public health protections will serve her well in her new role as EPA chief.

McCarthy worked for five Republican governors, including Jodi Rell of Connecticut and Mitt Romney of Massachusetts, before joining the Obama administration. She has worked with all stakeholders to develop pragmatic and cost-effective safeguards to protect public health and reduce dangerous pollution.

Her long list of accomplishments at the EPA includes the first-ever proposed carbon pollution standard for new power plants, the first carbon limits for vehicles and standards that limit soot, mercury and other air pollution.

The Senate easily approved McCarthy on a voice vote during her previous confirmation to head the Clean Air Division of the EPA, and there's no reason it should not move forward quickly again.

I urge Maine Sens. Angus King and Susan Collins to vote to confirm Gina McCarthy for EPA chief.

Tom Mikulka
Cape Elizabeth


Tax-reform plan: A blow or a benefit to Maine workers?


In his April 30 article ("Maine's in as a lab for tax reform") about the proposed Maine tax reforms crafted by Sen. Dick Woodbury, Steve Mistler says: "Woodbury and the Maine coalition believe its plan is pro-growth, pro-business. But it, too, is expected to meet resistance from some influential industry groups."

To which I add: Expect some resistance from the median- (and lower-) income class voters, too. This looks like yet another example of tax breaks favoring the rich at the expense of the middle and lower classes.

(Continued on page 2)

Were you interviewed for this story? If so, please fill out our accuracy form

Send question/comment to the editors

Further Discussion

Here at we value our readers and are committed to growing our community by encouraging you to add to the discussion. To ensure conscientious dialogue we have implemented a strict no-bullying policy. To participate, you must follow our Terms of Use.

Questions about the article? Add them below and we’ll try to answer them or do a follow-up post as soon as we can. Technical problems? Email them to us with an exact description of the problem. Make sure to include:
  • Type of computer or mobile device your are using
  • Exact operating system and browser you are viewing the site on (TIP: You can easily determine your operating system here.)