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Constitution backs basic civil liberties

January 17, 2006|by LYDIA HADFIELD

Women should have the power to make their own decisions as individuals. A woman's right to have an abortion sho uld be protected.

If a woman feels she will not be able to care for her baby, she should have the right to terminate her pregnancy. Some might argue that women make choices that lead to their pregnancies and therefore they should accept responsibility for their choices. I believe having an abortion can be a responsible decision.

Unfortunately, life doesn't always work so that all children can be born into good circumstances. Some women don't have the money to raise a child, access to good healthcare, a safe environment, a supportive father or the maturity to take on motherhood. I do not believe it is selfish or immoral for a woman to make a decision to abort.

I support the option of giving babies up for adoption as well. However I don't believe it is the government's right to overrule an individual's decision about her own body. I believe it is demeaning and unfair.

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Many pro-life advocates say that preventing an abortion saves a life. This point of view is based on the assumption that life begins at conception. There is no sure way of calculating when life begins. The start of existence is a religious or ideological opinion. I respect people's religious beliefs, but I do not think an argument based on ideology should be imposed on all women in the U.S. It would violate the first amendment of the Bill of Rights, which states, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, ..."

In my opinion, the argument about abortion is not about preserving or eliminating a life; it is about basic civil liberties. Women should have the power to make their own decisions. To outlaw abortion is to deny women the right to choose.

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