Women have late-term abortions for various reasons. Some women, after having an ultrasound or genetic testing in the middle of the pregnancy, find out that the baby will be born with serious physical defects or a life-threatening illness. In other situations, the health of a mother may deteriorate during a pregnancy, and giving birth would cause serious harm or the likelihood of death for a mother. According to the Guttmacher Institute, only 1.5% of abortions occur after 21 weeks gestation.

These are just a few of the facts that make David Kerst’s nonsensical attack on Josh Harder, as well as Kerst’s plea for a completely unnecessary and more than likely unconstitutional law, not just laughable but dangerous.

Harder’s support for ‘gruesome’ practice — Dave Kerst

A healthy exchange of ideas is essential to maintaining the freedoms Americans cherish; slander is not.

Kerst uses inflammatory terms to ignite an attack on a public official he doesn’t like and I find that unconscionable.

Abortionist is a term generally used to describe an unlicensed individual, when under current law, it is a doctor — usually one specializing in women’s health — that performs abortions. Safely. Legally. And in conditions that promote the health and wellbeing of the patient.

Infanticide generates visions that are too graphic to discuss here, while Kerst completely ignores reality of a life-saving procedure women choose when their own lives are in jeopardy.

What goes on between me, my husband, my doctor and my God is not the government’s business. It certainly isn’t Mr. Kerst’s business, which is why I would urge people to trust women and not allow one of the most important decisions we make to be restricted further by a government that cannot effectively serve the unwanted children we already have in this country.

Debra Polk, Tracy

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