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    Remembering the bad old days

    Gail Simmons of Coventry, R.I., held a sign thanking the Rhode Island senators who voted down affirmation of Roe v. Wade, at the Rhode Island State House.

    Re “Abortion foes see their chance” (Page A1, May 16): Laws against abortion don’t stop abortion any more than prohibition stopped drinking. They just drive it to back-alley abortionists.

    I am acutely aware of that because of what happened to an acquaintance of mine back when Massachusetts had a law banning abortions. She went to a quack abortionist who killed not only the fetus, but the young woman as well. Let’s not go back to those bad old days.

    Milt Lauenstein

    Exeter, N.H.