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What’s next Kathy Edry (“Overturn Roe v. Wade,” Jan. 24) – prevent a woman’s right to vote?

The right to have or not to have an abortion should be left up to the woman, her health professional and her individual family situation.

I worked for Planned Parenthood in Augusta for a time as a nurse. What I observed in 99.9 percent of the cases was that, too often, the poor, uneducated and abused women used Planned Parenthood for birth control. Hence, the ability to obtain contraceptives along with sex education without fear, shame or cost should be foremost in this day and time.

Bottom line: Responsibility by both the man and the woman is what it takes to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Too often the man quickly escapes the equation, leaving the woman and her support system, if any, to deal with Ms. Edry’s so-called unhappy results.

Instead of standing around the door of the Planned Parenthood Center, why don’t people volunteer in the schools to help educate and boost young girls’ self-esteem? Teach them that they don’t have to get into bad situations with so-called boyfriends.

Sex education should be taught in the school system. Unfortunately, in the South this is often a slippery slope – again, because of ignorance. Keeping children in the dark about sex and birth control does not encourage increased sexual activity. Without sex education, young people are exposed to sexually transmitted diseases, abortions (sometimes multiple abortions) and depression up to and including suicide. It also causes stress and expense on already-burdened state governments that have to help provide for infants and children.

In summary: Don’t force anti-abortion values and narrow-minded views on other people. It should be every person’s decision, whether female or male, if he or she wants to bring life into the world.

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deestafford
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deestafford 02/19/14 - 05:35 am
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The letter writer's argument of equating the right to vote...

The letter writer's argument of equating the right to vote by women and the right to abortion is specious at best.

One's right to vote, which is not guaranteed in the Constitution by the way, is not murder as is abortion. Abortion takes a life no matter whether it is the first, second or third trimester.

All one has to do is to look at pictures of a fetus within days of conception and one can see that it is a human being in the process of forming. No matter how "clinical" the pro-abortion people want to describe it as a "tissue mass" it is still a life.

Many, many women who have had an abortion have deep regret and mental anguish later when they realize that they have killed their baby in the womb.

Once a woman becomes pregnant she is no longer one. She is now two and can no longer selfishly think only of herself and the "inconvenience" caused by her and her "partner's" sexual escapade. If she doe not want the baby there are thousands of people willing to adopt it. One thing needs to change is the difficult and expensive procedures people have to go through to adopt a child.

There is a corelation with the introduction of sex education in the schools and the increase in unwed mothers and unwanted pregnancies. I did not say causation, but sex education along with other changes in society brought about a degradation in morals which contribute to unwanted pregnancies. The more increase in time and detail of sex education through the years corelates with increase in the number of pregnancies.

The bottomline is abortion is the taking of a life....no matter how it is sugar coated.

Pond Life
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Pond Life 02/19/14 - 07:03 am
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No one dies due to not being
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No one dies due to not being allowed to vote, so the writer is comparing apples to oranges.

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 02/19/14 - 07:47 am
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She's Right

And after the first two posters I can see it's never going to change. You Christians need to quit judging and start practicing what you preach but I guess that will never change either.

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ymnbde 02/19/14 - 08:11 am
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by their dna shall ye know them

but ah, it they were educated like you, they'd be smart too?
if they walked like you, talked like you, you, and nobody else but you?
bah boo boopie doo
what a narrow minded letter
when you can "educate" a wombed baby back to life
get back to us
i notice you left off how many young poor "black" women use your facility
why? could it be that you're a tad racist?
why don't ya just say it... "planned parenthood aborts black babies"
planned parenthood takes black babies from their womb and throws them into a bucket
you are so "enlightened"

Pond Life
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Pond Life 02/19/14 - 08:23 am
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Practice what you preach?
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Practice what you preach? You mean like not saying that you are all in favor of human rights, unless you are a helpless child?

deestafford
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deestafford 02/19/14 - 09:08 am
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shrimp, what is it you are asking we Christians to...

shrimp, what is it you are asking we Christians to do that we preach?

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soapy_725 02/19/14 - 09:29 am
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Right to abort, maybe. Right to have other finance murder, NO.
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Right to abort, maybe. Right to have other finance murder, NO.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 02/19/14 - 09:30 am
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A human's rights end where other human's rights begin.
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A human's rights end where other human's rights begin.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 02/19/14 - 09:32 am
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You want to kill your baby. You pay the bill. You deal with GOD
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That's personal freedom and free will.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 02/19/14 - 09:32 am
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Would to GOD that all abortionist had had parents of like mind.
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Would to GOD that all abortionist had had parents of like mind.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 02/19/14 - 09:35 am
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Abortionist would have killed Mozart, Jesus Christ, St. Paul,...
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Abortionist would have killed Mozart, Jesus Christ, St. Paul, .....

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grouse 02/19/14 - 10:07 am
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Christian anti-abortionists
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Christian anti-abortionists have been praying to God to end abortion ever since Roe v. Wade some 41 years ago. It should be obvious by now that God 1) doesn't care or 2) doesn't exist. A woman is an actual human being; a zygote, embryo, or fetus is a potential human being. The actual trumps the potential. When you go to buy a chicken sandwich, they don't hand you a fertilized egg on a bun. There is a difference and the difference is obvious.

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RMSHEFF 02/19/14 - 10:13 am
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No matter what the issues

No matter what the issues are, the taking of a human life is not the answer. May the Lord have mercy on those that are so willing to murder the most innocent.

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DanK 02/19/14 - 10:18 am
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Oh dang, now you done it!

You've gone and said that women ought to be able to make their own decisions without a bunch of misogynistic men eliminating their ability to decide for themselves. Don't you know that the Gynopublicans are the only moral people in the world and that they deserve the power to enforce their morality on women? You need to get the message, Ms Giberson. You do not need to choose for yourself. They will choose for you, saving you the trouble of actually thinking and making your own decisions.

Pond Life
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Pond Life 02/19/14 - 10:26 am
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"You've gone and said that
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"You've gone and said that women ought to be able to make their own decisions without a bunch of misogynistic men eliminating their ability to decide for themselves. "

Since when did ending someone's life become a decision that people were allowed to make? I've noticed that most of the pro-"choice" people have already been born.

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corgimom 02/19/14 - 10:29 am
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deestafford, if there are

deestafford, if there are thousands and thousands of people that want to adopt children, why are there 500,000 children in US foster care that nobody wants to adopt?

If a child is black or mixed race, or isn't healthy and perfect, their chances of being adopted plummet.

Not too many people want to adopt children with birth defects, ones born to drug-addicted mothers, babies with FAS, ones born with cerebral palsy.

But of course, the antiabortionists conveniently skip over that.

corgimom
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corgimom 02/19/14 - 10:31 am
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And then lets talk about the

And then lets talk about the females that are impregnated because of rape or incest, or by the mother's boyfriend, ones that pregnancy is a serious danger to their health, or young teenage girls where they are too young to safely bear a child.

The antiabortionists skip over those, too.

If people minded their own business, this world would be a better place.

corgimom
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corgimom 02/19/14 - 10:33 am
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"Since when did ending

"Since when did ending someone's life become a decision that people were allowed to make?"

Well, states execute people.

People go to war.

People kill somebody in self=defense

corgimom
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corgimom 02/19/14 - 10:35 am
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"Many, many women who have

"Many, many women who have had an abortion have deep regret and mental anguish later when they realize that they have killed their baby in the womb."

That is true. Many, many people who have done all sorts of things have deep regret and mental anguish later after they have done something.

Your point is- what?

Pond Life
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Pond Life 02/19/14 - 10:39 am
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"Well, states execute people.
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"Well, states execute people.

People go to war.

People kill somebody in self=defense"

OK....how about innocent children, not because of war.

And the assumption that someone is better off dead than being born with a defect is not a decision that someone other than the person with the defect should make. What if your mother figured you are better off dead, for whatever reason? When is she no longer allowed to kill you for it?

Pond Life
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Pond Life 02/19/14 - 10:41 am
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"And then lets talk about the
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"And then lets talk about the females that are impregnated because of rape or incest, or by the mother's boyfriend, ones that pregnancy is a serious danger to their health, or young teenage girls where they are too young to safely bear a child. "

Lets talk about percentages, since YOU brought that up before. YOU said that there are relativly few people on welfare that abuse drugs. By THAT logic, since the abortions you mentioned are a very small minority of the ones performed, which of your statements is invalid?

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citizen7 02/19/14 - 10:45 am
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To equate losing the right to

To equate losing the right to vote with abortion rights is not a fair comparision. Lets be clear: being anti-abortion is not motivated by the efforts to deny the rights of women, but to protect the rights of unborn human life.

Pond Life
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Pond Life 02/19/14 - 10:54 am
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Absolutely, citizen. As a
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Absolutely, citizen. As a woman, why would I want to deny rights to women? I just want to preserve the rights of innocent children from those who have not regard for them.

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nocnoc 02/19/14 - 11:01 am
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Yes it is a choice by Law, but not morally

But, now that the Federal Courts have ruled that Sperm Donors can be held up for Child Support.

The Fed's have opened a door and established that Father/Donor has the implied right in the say, whether, IF HIS CHILD should be aborted or not.

Since it takes 2 to Tango, shouldn't the other 1/2 have a right in the process also?

It his seed and her egg.

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Bizkit 02/19/14 - 11:34 am
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Providing birth control is

Providing birth control is great, but abortion isn't birth control. Women do have the right for privacy, and a physician has the right to perform abortions. Women don't have a license to kill. I think about half of all abortions were women who used birth control, women age 20-24 year (less than 15 and older than 35 have least) have the most abortions, 57% have had some college education; 88% are from metropolitan areas; 83% are unmarried, and 57% percent are low-income. I don't understand why Rep complain about the high rate of single mother families, yet support anti-abortion which increases this incidence? I support physicians right to perform abortions but the high abortion rate isn't a "female issue" but is a societal issue. The Swiss have had access to legal abortions for decades and they have the lowest rate in the world and it continues to decrease. Their success isn't individual or female, but societal=education, birth control-family planning, socioeconomic improvement, and ethics. Women in America accept abortion as a likelihood-the swiss find that idea foreign. I'm sympathetic to women and support abortion, but women need to get off the high horse crap of it is their "right to an abortion"-it is their right to privacy. Physicians perform abortions.

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corgimom 02/19/14 - 11:37 am
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Pond Life, it happens far

Pond Life, it happens far more often than you think.

But just so you know, statistics are not kept on reasons why females have abortions, so your idea that it is a very small percentage is wrong and cannot be verified with any facts. There's occasionally informal surveys done, but they are not statistically valid.

When 1 out of 4 women have been raped in this country (that figure comes from the FBI), and with the number of girls that are molested, common sense would tell you that it's more than just a very small number.

But I never understand how it is anybody else's business why anybody gets an abortion. I would pity the fool that would try to tell me what I can and can't do with my own body and that if I were to have an unwanted pregnancy, that I MUST bear the child.

But while we're on the subject, lets talk about D&C's.

It's the most common surgical procedure in the US. And a whole lot of those are abortions too, but that's what they are called when you've got health insurance and go to a hospital. I notice nobody wants to talk about those.

corgimom
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corgimom 02/19/14 - 11:42 am
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If my mother decided that she

If my mother decided that she wanted an abortion, then I wouldn't be here, would I? I think that's a pretty simple idea.

So your point again is-what?

corgimom
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corgimom 02/19/14 - 11:44 am
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But what is interesting, when

But what is interesting, when people say things like "May the Lord have mercy on the mother's soul", Jesus was Jewish, and under Jewish law abortion is permissible until quickening.

And Jesus never spoke one word about abortion.

So I don't know how all these people know how God feels about it.

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justthefacts 02/19/14 - 12:07 pm
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Maybe we do

"Now the word of the LORD came to me saying, "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you"

Pond Life
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Pond Life 02/19/14 - 12:08 pm
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"There's occasionally
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"There's occasionally informal surveys done, but they are not statistically valid."

Really. Why not? Because you said so? What would make it valid?

http://www.johnstonsarchive.net/policy/abortion/abreasons.html

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