Letters to ther Editor

July 11, 2007

Doctors who oppose abortion should not be silent about it

To the editor:

A June 28 letter by Russell Williams referred to a doctor in Frederick who refused to give abortion referrals or the morning-after pill, and was considering not giving birth control because of her religious convictions.

Williams asked how far down the line it should be able to go. Well, if her moral convictions make her feel that it is wrong and unsafe for her patients and they don't like her answer, it will only go as far as her office door, because they won't be back.

Why should a doctor who does not believe in abortions perform them or refer for them? All the patient has to do is pick up the phone book, turn to the yellow pages under abortions and they will get all the information they need.


I applaud the doctor for not going against her convictions. Too many professionals and politicians go against their own moral convictions for the buck or the vote. It is nice to see one who stands by her convictions. Heck, my gynecologist does not do abortions or birth control of any kind. He is also an obstetrician and delivers babies.

I have to tell you that when I was having my babies and abortion had just become legal, I asked my OB if he did abortions. He asked me why I asked. I flatly told him that if his hands could kill a baby, I did not want them to be the first thing that touched my child. And you better know I meant every word of it. I would have left that office immediately.

As for the clerk in the grocery store refusing to sell you something, they would not last two minutes. I don't think that this is one of the Trojan horses we have to worry about. I can think of quite a few things that potentially turn into monsters, but a doctor refusing to do abortions surely is not one of them.

Bravo to that doctor; the same hands that save a life should not be taking the life of an innocent baby. I would actually seek her out to be my doctor, but have no need. My OBGYN won't do them, either.

Angie Harsh

Discover your own fountain of peace

To the editor:

I have found the fountain of peace. So I'm going to share it with you all. I'm sure many of you know what I'm talking about. This is for those of you who are still searching.

Get alone where there are not too many distractions and quiet your soul. Learn to love this quiet time; it is in this quiet time that you learn to speak to God and depend on Him for everything. Soak into your soul who God really is. Reflect on how Almighty He is. His word, the Bible, will breathe life into you and give you wisdom about how to approach everyday living.

I must warn you, though, that God will not rest until you know Him as your best friend. He will keep drawing you near to Him until He is No. 1 in your life. He does this because He knows He is the answer to all your needs. You can talk with God just as Jesus did and still does.

Tell God your joys and your sorrows. In prayer, God comes to us and calms our fears and He gives us the wisdom and understanding to do the right thing. In those quiet times, He comforts us and quiets our souls.

The pressures of the world are very troubling with the war, the divorce rate, cancer and other sicknesses. We can't afford to miss out on time spent with God.

I pray you give Him a chance to comfort you and to do all that He says He will do for you. He has promised to lead you beside the still waters and to give you rest in green pastures and to restore your soul. So that's my secret to the fountain of peace. Try it and see what happens.

Linda Azadi


Due to an error by the editorial page editor, Patricia A. Patterson's letter in the Sunday, July 8 edition of The Herald-Mail erroneously referred to Hedgesville High School. It should actually have said Hedgesville Midle School.

The Herald-Mail apologizes for the error.

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