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BONNER GENERAL: Article had pro-abortion slant

| March 24, 2023 1:00 AM

I read with dismay the article by Caroline Lobsinger on the closure of Bonner General’s labor and delivery unit. This should have been an informative article on the hospital, and as stated in this piece, the changing demographics of an area. Ms. Lobsinger appears to have turned it into a pro abortion argument, and infer that women suffer the loss of health care in Idaho.

The article indicates that “physicians were leaving the area and state due to Idaho’s legal and political climate” as the reason for closure. But “changing demographics“ are cited as well. Could the rising costs of insurance for obstetricians be part of the problem?

The article includes an interview from a podcast episode of “This American Life” in which a doctor from Sandpoint tells of patients who suffered ectopic pregnancies. She wondered if “these people,” I imagine she meant pro-life law makers, “know how serious the condition is.” I believe they do. Current Idaho law allows for the physician to determine “in their good faith” that an abortion is medically necessary to prevent the death of the pregnant woman. Also included are cases of rape or incest.

News articles should relay facts instead of inaccuracies or opinion, as this article appears to have headed. Our state allows for abortions in extreme cases which could endanger the mother.

ELIZABETH FRANZ

Bayview