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Reader's view: Women have a right to responsibility, not abortion

As a woman, I want choices in my life, and I appreciate the fact that in this time I live I have more choices for self-expression than women in the past.

As a woman, I want choices in my life, and I appreciate the fact that in this time I live I have more choices for self-expression than women in the past.

However, it has always bothered me that when it comes to the issue of abortion, those who are for abortion are called "pro-choice" and advocate for "a woman's right to choose" and those who are against abortion are called "pro-life," as if the only choices a woman, or girl, has when it comes to pregnancy is to have the baby, give it up for adoption or have an abortion. All those choices are after-the-fact.

Pro-choice for me in my life has also meant pro-life because as an adult I've had a choice to get pregnant or not. This sets aside rape and incest, but otherwise there is a choice -- especially with birth control being so readily available -- whether to engage in sexual activity that will precede getting pregnant, which results in having a baby.

These facts sound obvious. The process that leads to having sex, the act itself, and the after-effects are as old as the human race, and yet, they are rarely discussed in conjunction with the abortion issue. Once again, though, the devil is in the details.

Just because I'm a woman, I do not want it to be assumed I think I have a "right" to have an abortion. I don't think I have that right. I do, though, have the right to act responsibly when it comes to creating, maintaining and nurturing life. And this is not a gender issue.

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Katherine Brantner

Duluth

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