Woman's right is a private decision

January 24, 2014 

A woman's right to choose whether or not to carry a pregnancy to term is protected by law. No one other than the woman, man, and her doctor should be involved in this decision. The decision to end a pregnancy is not made lightly. It is very personal and there are many reasons that this may be the best decision for those involved. Unless you know the circumstances that lead a woman to this decision, you should step back. While some people may think they are "saving" a fetus, there is no guarantee that the pregnancy would even go full term. And what if there is a fatal defect? Would you force the mother to continue the pregnancy for the last few months, only to have the child die in her arms shortly after? The emotional trauma would be devastating, not to mention any financial hardships caused by necessary neonatal care. These are not decisions that should be made by anyone outside the immediate family and their medical provider. Allowing the involved people to make these decisions for themselves, without interference from outside parties, is the right to privacy provided in Roe v. Wade.

Barbara Baldridge

Belleville

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