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Opinion

Abortion decision should be woman’s


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • May. 23, 2019 - 7:29 PM

The subject of abortion is of major interest today.

Regardless of one's opinion, there are many problems involved. They cover "personhood," viability of the fetus, risk to the mother's life and women's rights. Depending on one's religious or personal beliefs: "Personhood" can range from the sperm or ovum to first breath of the newborn and anything in between.

Viability of the fetus can range from a major mental or physical defect to certain death. Risk to the mother's life could range from 1 percent to 100 percent. Some say a woman has no right to terminate a pregnancy, and others say a woman owns her body and can do with it as she wishes. Who is to make these determinations?

Men do not experience pregnancy or these conditions and can only sit in a removed judgement. Each woman has her own feelings and opinions and has no right to impose them on other women. While states or the federal government can impose laws, it is almost impossible to do so in an equitable manner. Poorer women would not be able to travel to a state or country where abortion is legal, while women with the means could do so, traveling to China if necessary.

An unwanted pregnancy can range from a minor inconvenience to a major catastrophe, ranging from being untimely to a life-shattering situation. A young girl's life and career can be turned upside down, sometimes reaching the point of suicide. I remember an event in the early '60s where a young flight attendant ran through an airplane's spinning propeller. An autopsy later determined that she was pregnant.

I personally feel that the termination of a pregnancy is a terrible choice, and that a woman should consider every option to having an abortion, but the bottom line is that it is not my decision, it is hers. Roe v Wade should stand. While adoption is always an option, society could discourage abortion by offering such things as real sex education, contraception, prenatal and postnatal care, family leave, health care, education, job training, financial aid where necessary and opportunity.

Remember, banning abortions does not prevent abortions, it only prevents legal abortions. Desperate women will find a way. History has shown this to be true. They will resort to back alley abortions or even self-abortions.

I feel the best way to handle an unwanted pregnancy is to encourage and support a woman to carry her pregnancy to term, but leave the final decision up to the woman, her doctor and her God.

Dennis Thompson

Newnan