NOTE: Commentary is made as a private citizen and not as Regional Coordinator for Silent No More or Leader of Rachel's Hope, unless otherwise stated.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Who is Waging the War on Women?

Below is a letter to the editor of the San Diego Union Tribune.  Being a liberal newspaper that has rejected other commentary in the past, I was pleased (and surprised) to see my recent submission in print. 

On March 2, the Supreme Court will hear Whole Woman’s Health v Hellerstedt, to determine if states can regulate abortion clinics and require doctors to have hospital admitting privileges.     

The plaintiffs aren't worried about women’s health, but about clinics closing. They filed a brief from 113 female lawyers claiming access to abortion allowed them to fulfill career goals carrying no regret. My regret drove me into depression and alcoholism, resulting in leaving the career for which I sacrificed two children. I am one of 5,978 men and women who have publicly shared abortion regret through Silent No More Awareness.   

However, this case is not about regret or saving lives of the preborn. It’s about saving the lives of those choosing to abort.  According to the CDC, from 1973-2010, 421 women have died as a result of legal abortion. Those fighting common-sense regulations are the ones waging the war on women.

Patti J. Smith
Vista, CA
San Diego Regional Coordinator – Silent No More Awareness Campaign



  1. Excellent letter. Rational and well thought out with solid facts. If it puts even one woman in touch with Silent No More or prevents even one abortion, I rejoice with you.

    1. Thanks Roberta. We'll rejoice together......


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