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Friedan and Abortion

July 05, 1987

Regarding Gloria Gonzalez-Roth's comments about feminist Betty Friedan (Letters, June 14): It's my belief that abortion in itself is neither liberating nor is it at the heart of the feminist movement. I don't condemn or condone it, but am sympathetic to those women who have to undergo an abortion. Gonzalez-Roth voices a concern for educating women about the procedure itself, what it entails and what the long-term physical and emotional effects may be. I believe early sex education and the positive promotion of the use of birth control as a realistic approach to young adulthood may someday greatly reduce the necessity for abortion. This, to me, is the true embodiment of freedom of choice for women. For us all.

R. A. Trenor

North Hollywood

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