Morrisey's real aim is to end abortions
Recently West Virginia's new Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, at the bidding of a fringe fundamentalist group, has launched a special investigation into health-care centers and the health-care professionals who provide abortions. He claims that he is concerned about patient safety, when in fact the investigation is nothing but a veiled attempt to eliminate access to abortion.
Is Mr. Morrisey, who presumably has no medical training, more qualified to evaluate our health-care providers than the Board of Medicine, the State Board of Nursing, and the Board of Social Work? Some people express concern about federal government overreach in the area of intelligence gathering, but I believe we must guard against our own state government's overreach. The attorney general is intruding into very personal decision-making regarding women's health by singling out dedicated women's health-care providers, who are already regulated like any other medical provider or outpatient health-care facility.
Eliminating access to abortions could ultimately restrict women's ability to obtain other basic health care. We only have to look at Texas where many clinics are now closing; consequently many rural women in Texas will no longer have access to preventive care, putting their health in jeopardy.
Many of us may not see eye to eye on abortion; however most of us agree that each woman needs to make this deeply personal decision for herself, with support from loved ones, her faith and her doctor -- not a politician. And if a woman does decide to have an abortion, she needs access to a safe facility with certified health-care professionals.
Sandra L. Wolf
Gymnastics fan thanks Penn State coach
As a 1963 Penn State grad, I was heartened to read Frank Giardina's column about Gene Wettstone, the legendary gymnastics coach. I knew almost nothing about gymnastics when I arrived on campus, but attended a sports lecture series given by Wettstone and others. He showed us films of NCAA championship and Olympic tournaments and pointed out the essentials of each exercise and how it was scored. Then he showed us more exercises and had us vote on what score would be in the correct range.
By the end of the lecture there was amazing unanimity among the 100 or so among us in the room and we were pretty much right on the same page with the professional judges.
Since practically everyone took sports lecture at some point, the dramatic effect of Wettstone's lectures was a massive crowd (way bigger than basketball) that filled the Penn State gym at each meet and roared its disapproval of any judge whose scoring seemed way off -- even if it favored Penn State. A number of judges seemed pretty intimidated having their scoring system overseen and judged by this huge and sophisticated bunch of students.