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Reader's thoughts on Roe v. Wade

Let's get a few things straight.

Most women who have had an abortion have deep regret and remorse over what has been done.

Abortion is not reproductive health, it is the killing of a little life.

The silent majority honors all life, whether in the womb, the disabled or the elderly.

Abortions are on the decline in America.

If anyone would witness an abortion, they would be appalled at the procedure.

Planned Parenthood does not allow ultrasounds in their clinics. They realize if a woman sees the little heartbeat and the little form in the womb, they will realize it is a life, and not a bunch of tissue as they are being told.

If a woman cannot care for a baby, there are many women who cannot have children who are eager and happy to adopt a child.

Thanks for listening to some of the facts that you will probably not hear on the news.

Anne Christian, Hillsboro

Innovation needed for celiac disease

We need to support medical innovation. As somebody who has been suffering with celiac disease, we have spent years hoping for a cure. And, while there is real promise on the horizon for more effective treatments, there is currently no cure for a celiac diagnosis.

For people like us who are living with this autoimmune disease, avoiding gluten is currently the only method for thwarting small intestine damage and disease symptoms that can include abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, depression, fatigue, headache, a blistery skin rash and iron-deficiency anemia. Consuming a bread crumb can re-trigger symptoms and intestinal damage. Following a lifelong gluten-free diet in a world full of hidden gluten-containing ingredients requires constant vigilance and daily life risky and anxiety-provoking. Gluten-free foods are also more expensive than their gluten-containing counterparts, and many people don't have access to the support of a dietitian to help them plan a balanced, gluten-free diet

The good news is, after so many years of limited progress, there are currently 24 potential therapies at various stages of development, according to the Celiac Disease Foundation. The bad news, there was only one potential celiac disease drug in Phase 3 clinical trials and that was recently discontinued. Plus, 90% of all proposed drugs fail in the clinical trial stage, and almost 60% fail in Phase 3 trials.

We believe it is very important for our federal lawmakers to keep this in mind as they consider ways to address drug and health care costs. Once drugs are available, they must be accessible. However, we must be careful to not make an already perilous medical innovation process even more fraught. People with celiac and so many other diseases are eagerly waiting for a better treatment or a cure. Let's make sure federal polices support that work

Carmen Bice, Lake Oswego

Rosie Stephens, Lake Oswego

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