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Religious belief doesn't trump woman's right to choose

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Cordy Lavery

Friday, July 12, 2019

As a mother of five, grandmother to 11, and great-grandmother to several, I want to express my reasons for being pro-choice.

First, women are not brood mares; no government has the right to force a woman to bear a child against her will. A woman’s decision to have an abortion should only involve herself, her doctor, and her God. God gave us free will and we have a right to exercise that free will.

I personally would not have an abortion but I support to the fullest the right of a woman to choose her own path in life. The reasons any woman has an abortion are her own and others should not dare to assume that they can define her reasoning.

And no, people are not killing babies. A fetus is no more a baby than a seed packet is a crop in the field ready for harvest. If you had ever had a miscarriage in the first three months of a pregnancy then you would understand this. By law, federal funds cannot be used for abortions, so please stop the attacks on Planned Parenthood: It provides needed medical services for women.

There is a separation of church and state in this country, and one's religious beliefs do not trump my right to determine what happens with my body.

Cordy Lavery

Elizabeth City