Helen M. Alvare and Meg T. McDonnell's op-ed "Pro-Lifers Will Never Give Up" (March 17) is a con job. They pretend pro-lifers are underdogs. They fail to state a woman seeking her constitutional right still must endure constraints like transvaginal ultrasound assault and "counselors" making stuff up like fetal pain before 24 weeks. Boo-hoo. The pro-life movement is practically crippled.
Next, they equate contraception with abortion and identify something called "the cost of sex," which I'm assuming isn't pleasure. Perhaps they wish unmarried women wore chastity belts. They sound the alarm that "non-marital birth rates are climbing." According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with the exception of women aged 40 to 44, the U.S. birth rate is declining.
The writers try persuading the reader that the movement seeks to protect women's mental health. The 2011 British Journal of Psychiatry, which the writers mention, has been thoroughly debunked. The Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynecology furthermore examined three "systematic studies that reviewed all available literature up to 2011." Their conclusion: abortion does not pose a risk to mental health.
The writers claim science and technology are on their side. Science and technology are neutral. Science divulges facts, and none of the facts favors the pro-life movement.
Nobody thought the pro-life movement would vanish. Over 2,200 years ago Eratosthenes proved the earth round. That fact hasn't deterred Flat-Earthers.