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Letter to the editor

Friday, September 7, 2012 - 12:01 am

Abortion clinics exempt from ADA?

Witnesses on multiple occasions have observed women leaving the Fort Wayne Women’s Health Clinic unable to walk unassisted. This abortion clinic does not have a wheelchair ramp or handicapped parking. It’s tragic that over 54 million innocent and defenseless unborn, living humans have been aborted in the U.S. since Roe v. Wade. This tragedy is compounded by the fact that the health of the women having the abortions often is not protected.

Recent articles and letters to the editor in The News-Sentinel have discussed a modest and compassionate attempt by Cathie Humbarger to help ensure proper care of the women after these abortions by filing a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice noting the lack of a wheelchair ramp or handicapped parking at the clinic.

The DoJ website at http://www.ada.gov/enforce.htm contains links to dozens of quarterly enforcement reports for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) from 1994 to 2011. The plethora of examples in these include ramps and parking added for doctor’s offices, restaurants, real estate offices, health clubs, fabric stores, community centers, campgrounds, banks, fairgrounds, government offices, etc. Other buildings must comply with the ADA. Why should an abortion clinic be exempt?

Dennis Brink