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posted: 7/1/2011 3:00 AM

Apply cigarette-type warnings to abortion

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The June 21 article, "FDA reveals new graphic cigarette labels," says that the FDA and other proponents of its newly required, graphic warning labels champion these labels as conveying health risks and deterring smoking. These are laudable goals.

Because even proponents of abortion claim to want the practice to be rare (in addition to safe and legal) let us now waste no time in applying similar regulation to abortions. Before receiving an abortion, a wouldn't-be mother should be shown images of products of abortion. She should see what it does to her child, as well as the risks it poses to her own body.

If only there were an image that could convey the anguish she may bring upon herself.

Paul Hempel

Carol Stream