Wednesday letters: It’s women’s right to choose

May 14, 2014 

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VINCENT GIORDANO

While there are many facets to the 1973 Supreme Court ruling issued in Roe v. Wade, there is no question that the court cloaked a woman’s decision about whether to keep a pregnancy in the constitutional right of privacy. In very few other words, it’s the woman’s decision.

The ideas of those seeking to restrict this decision (“Abortion? Legal, with limits,” April 19) are weird and demeaning to the right of all women to choose, within the court’s guidelines, what to do with their person in the case of abortion.

Shall we wait on a Winthrop poll on hysterectomies? What about vasectomies? Can the public decision on Botox injections be too far behind?

If the proponents of this strict regulation truly cared about the protection of every single life — even in utero — then they should guarantee to cover the cost of medical care, feeding, clothing, transporting, housing and educating every single child brought into this world courtesy of their efforts.

Of course, if the General Assembly does curtail individual rights under color of public policy, I recommend to any woman seeking a lawful abortion (as defined by Roe v. Wade) to invoke the tactics of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and show up at the clinic or hospital with as many heavily armed friends and neighbors as she can muster.

Frank Caggiano

Columbia

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