Abortion, with the exception of rape or incest?

Wrong

By James Turnage

I do not believe in abortion, with the exception of rape or incest. It’s easy for me to say this because I am a man. Because this is the United States of America, I am allowed to believe the way I feel. And, because I am a man, I don’t have to suffer the consequences of my beliefs.

This issue has been at the root of far too many political discussions in our country. No government and no religion should have the power over a woman’s body. She and she alone has to deal with the consequences of choices she may have to make. No man should be able to make those choices for her.

When governments or religious zealots are able to decide that a fetus is more important than the woman whose uterus is harboring it, we become a nation of misogynists. We become dictators, deciding that women are no more than incubators for our spawn.

Should a woman who may decide the termination of an unwanted pregnancy be required to seek professional counsel before such a major decision? Probably. It is a decision not easily made. Mentally weighing the repercussions of her available choices alone is most certainly a daunting challenge which no man is able to understand. Even with counseling, the eventual choice is hers and hers alone.

When Catholic and Christian religions became involved in political activities, they must lose their privilege of ‘no taxation’. The Constitution is clear about this. Women’s rights must be protected when men attempt to take them away. That great line we all read in school should have been amended: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men and women are created equal.”

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