To the Editor: Re “ Can Exceptions to a Ban on Abortion Work? ,” by Ross Douthat (column, Sept. 15): Mr. Douthat’s column misses a few key points. The first is that medical emergencies often arise later in pregnancy, when specialized medical skills (maintained through practice) are required to intervene safely. States that ban abortion are likely to have few, if any, providers left with those skills. So some women in those situations will not have access to an abortion, and will die or be permanently injured as a result. Second, states that ban abortion tend to do so with criminal penalties. It is hard to imagine any other result than what we’re seeing now: doctors too afraid of jail and ruined lives to provide necessary emergency care. This is what we know happens in countries that criminalize abortion (see Ireland, formerly). It’s an even bigger problem in the U.S., with its lawless prosecutors and politicized judicial system. These two issues are not bugs in the system … [Read more...] about Women’s Lives Put at Risk Under State Abortion Bans
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This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 2 Nobody quite knew what compelled Zachary Didier, a floppy-haired, straight-A high school student from Placer County, to buy what he thought were opioid painkillers from a dealer over Snapchat. But what was likely an impulsive decision, made during a pandemic lockdown, changed everything for the Didier family. Seventeen-year-old Zachary died two days after Christmas in 2020 from intoxication by fentanyl, the cheap and supremely powerful drug often laced into illicit pills that traffickers peddle online. The Rocklin teenager’s father found him sitting at a computer in his bedroom, one arm cradling his head while the other rested on a mouse. Friends Zachary had kept since third grade served as pallbearers at his funeral. An acceptance letter from UCLA arrived three months later. Amid the mourning, Zachary’s death became part of a critical and controversial shift in the response to a … [Read more...] about A 17-year-old died from a fentanyl-laced pill. Was it an accident or a homicide?
More from our inbox: Treating U.S. Politics as a Big Joke: ‘Frightening’ What Moderate Republicans Should Do Sweaters for Ukraine A Paper for the Elite? To the Editor: Re “ As Eligibility Expands, Is Assisted Death Too Easy in Canada? ” (news article, Sept. 19): Suicide is a terrible word, but it is not always a terrible act. The Canadian woman tortured by constant pain looks forward to the assisted suicide her country allows her. Thirty-nine years ago, in New York, my mother was the grateful recipient of an assisted suicide, although it was illegal in the U.S. and still is, in New York and in all but 10 states and Washington, D.C. And even where it’s legal, you have to be patient and wait until the government gives you the OK. But Canada even allows certain applicants to speed up their assessments, although some Canadians don’t approve of that. Given the fast growth of her cancer, my mother was close to death, but in her opinion not close … [Read more...] about Is Assisted Suicide Too Accessible?