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Attack on personal freedom

Posted: February 14, 2012 - 1:01am

Politics have no place in heathcare. This is in response to bill SB191 requiring Alaskan women seeking an abortion to first undergo an ultrasound. This unnecessary medical procedure would cost women hundreds of dollars (if not more) and is an absolute waste of medical resources. Perhaps men should have to be required to undergo a rectal exam and cardiac stress-test before obtaining medicine for erectile dysfunction. Think this is ridiculous? Sen. Janet Howell of Virginia, proposed just this in response to a bill similar to this one introduced by Alaska Sens. John Coghill, Charlie Huggins, Cathy Giessel, and Donald Olson. Their bill is an attempt to chip away at personal freedom, privacy, and Roe v. Wade. I believe women who seek abortions make this decision based on what is best for their situation, unlike the senators.

Cynthia Gordon

Juneau

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