Mailbag: Teen driver volunteers do good job saving lives

June 19, 2013

Re: "On a mission to fight drunk driving," Huntington Beach Independent, June 13.

Micayla Vermeeren is taking steps to make a positive change. I believe her idea will help save lives because young people will be more inclined to call a peer than a parent.  

Victoria Olivadoti

Fountain Valley


Hoag's stand on abortions is disingenuous

I object to Hoag Hospital's decision to cease providing a full range of women's services, ostensibly because not enough procedures are performed.


The dilation and curettage (D&C) procedure, used to abort in the early stages of pregnancy, is the same procedure used for a miscarriage. These are common procedures, and it is disingenuous to claim that not enough are performed and thus they need to be eliminated.

If hospital officials followed their own logic, one might presume that they would shut down many of their surgical services performed less than their own stated standard of 100 times per year, but they have not.

Hoag has given the impression that St. Joseph Health did not require a cessation of abortion services, but a careful reading of Hoag President Robert Braithwaite's words indicate only that St. Joseph "did not pressure" Hoag to make this decision. However, the fact that he takes an intransigent stance ("the chances of reversing that decision aren't there") in the face of community outrage screams oversight by St. Joseph.

I find these actions reprehensible and regret that Hoag has decided to drag its own reputation through the mud.

Dr. Susan Skinner

Newport Beach


Thank you, Hoag doctors

I applaud the eight doctors from Hoag Hospital who had the courage to refute the hospital's statement regarding its new policy banning abortion. It is clear that Hoag's publicly stated reason for changing its long-standing position is disingenuous, at best.

For those of us who live in Newport Beach, Hoag is the only practical option for hospital care, particularly in an emergency. As such, it is the de facto community hospital. Therefore, at a minimum, it owes the community complete honesty and transparency.

Moreover, as it purports to serve all the residents of Newport Beach, it should not follow one segment's religious doctrine but rather well-settled civil law, namely a woman's right to choose. Hoag should reverse its policy regarding abortion forthwith.

Mark B. David

Newport Coast


Catholic healthcare is overreaching

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