The issue is freedom, not abortion

Letter to the editor

Posted: Tuesday, May 04, 2004

I am excited and invigorated about the March for Women's Lives in Washington, D.C. I only wish I could have been there to add my voice to the million-plus others, to claim my human right to make decisions about my reproductive choices. However, I will add my voice in this letter to the editor.

I wish to respond to a couple of letters from my fellow Juneauites. First, Mr. Derenoff. I have great respect for the opinion of 19-year-olds. You often see things that us older folks miss and I always want to listen for that wisdom. However, in your case, I have to say: keep your dogma off my body. It's my choice, not yours. You can make your own choices about what you do with your body, but not mine. And I assure you, there will be many difficult ones over the years. All is not as black and white as the conservative right tends to portray. Follow your heart, but do it for yourself, not for me.

For Ms. Heidersdorf. Why do you assume I'm not intelligent or educated (uniformed) because I don't agree with you? I'm educated, I understand, and I still believe that what I decide to do with my body is my choice, not yours.

For all readers - know that abortion is not the real issue. The real issue is a woman's right to make a choice - to be educated about her choices, to have unbiased counseling, to have access to choices. If birth control does not work for some reason, then I and my fellow women who believe, as I do, that abortion is a safe and sane alternative to bearing a child, have a basic human right to say what will happen to our own bodies. I will not go back to the age when society and men told me what, how and if I can have a life of my own choosing.

Chris Ashenbrenner

Juneau



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