WEDNESDAY, MAY 29,1996
THE NEW YORK TIMES
Check Those Facts On Need for Abortion
To the Editor:
President Clinton characterized Senator Bob Dole's position
on the partial-birth abortion ban as "I did not want to be bothered by the
facts," and asked what Mr. Dole would say to the five women who watched the
President veto the bill and were said to have had the procedure to preserve
their health (front page, May 24).
It is the President who ignores the facts. Dr. Pamela E.
Smith of Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago wrote to Congress that "absolutely no
obstetrical situations" in this country require the procedure "to preserve the
life or health of the mother." Dr. James R. Jones, the chairman of obstetrics
and gynecology at New York Medical College in Valhalla, N.Y., reviewed the
transcripts of the five women's statements and said that in the cases that were
described specifically, other options were available. It is time to end the myth
that this procedure is necessary.
(Rev.) FRANK PAVONE
National Director, Priests for Life Staten Island, May 24,