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Posted: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 8:21 am

To The Editor:

Washington University OB/GYN David L. Eisenberg didn’t provide full disclosure in his recent letter to the editor (“Doctor Agrees With Governor’s Veto”) where he criticized the efforts of state lawmakers in enacting HB 1307, which provides for a 72-hour reflection period after the initial visit at an abortion clinic.

Legislators realized that oftentimes pregnant girls and women are pressured by others into getting abortions, and aren’t given sufficient time to make a freely informed decision.

Dr. Eisenberg didn’t disclose that since 2009, he has been the Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri and its Reproductive Health Services (RHS) abortion clinic. He supervises approximately 5,500 abortions performed there annually — some performed as late as 22 weeks of pregnancy when an unborn child can feel pain. Dr. Eisenberg also trains others to perform abortions.

Waiting periods reduce abortions. According to 2013 United Nations statistics, those Western European countries with 3-day to 6-day waiting periods and counseling before an abortion have abortion rates one-half to two-thirds lower than the United States.

The RHS abortion clinic reported to the IRS that its patients pay almost $1.8 million annually in surgical fees. Based on the UN statistics, if lawmakers override the veto of HB 1307 during the September veto session and the 72-hour reflection period becomes law, a one-half to two-thirds reduction in abortions means Planned Parenthood and its abortion doctors could lose $900,000 to $1.2 million in abortion fees every year.

Considering Planned Parenthood’s financial dependency on abortion and Dr. Eisenberg’s own ideological attachment, it is no wonder that they oppose giving a woman facing an untimely pregnancy more time to think about her choice – valuable time to visit a maternity home or a pregnancy resource center where life-affirming alternatives can be offered to her.

/opinion

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