Regarding Amanda Owens' March 5 letter "Uphold the right to choose":
During pregnancy, a woman's body goes through many changes as a result of the growing body of her unborn child. Notice I mention two distinct human bodies - the mother's and the child's. Abortion is not intended for the removal of the mothers' body from the child; but the child's body from the mother. It's not the woman's body that is destroyed by abortion; therefore, "my body, my choice" is null.
Ms. Owens states, "No woman wants to have an abortion." Why do thousands of abortions occur nationwide, if no woman wants one? Ms. Owens continues that "being pregnant and having a child is a special and wonderful thing." If women truly understood that statement, then it wouldn't matter whether they were ready for a child or not. They would do all they could to provide their special and wonderful child the life it deserves.
Furthermore, how, as Ms. Owens suggests, is telling teenagers not to have sex - by teaching abstinence in schools - not an option? The original purpose of sex is to create life. It's an act of total commitment between two people. Just because it's possible for teens to have sex doesn't mean they should, especially if they are unwilling to accept the responsibility for their actions.
Rape and incest are deplorable. But remember, the unborn are a result of the crime, not the cause. Do the innocent deserve death?
America is, as Ms. Owens declared, "the country of freedom." For all Americans, this freedom comes with responsibility. Abortion is not a choice or an option; it's a convenient loophole out of the responsibilities that uphold freedom - the sad day that Ms. Owens predicted arrived years ago.
Amy Peduto, Augusta
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