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  • Letter to the editor: Everyone has the right to make their own choices

  • Many states are pushing to regulate the availability of contraception which includes the "morning after" pill, and they are also finding new regulations to impose on clinics that allow a woman to have a legal abortion if she choses to.
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  • *Editor’s Note: This opinion is in response to a Lake View by Gene Scheiter titled “Overturn Roe v. Wade” published in the Friday, May 10 Lake Sun.
     
    This is the first time I have been compelled to comment on someone's Letter to the Editor. 
     Many states are pushing to regulate the availability of contraception which includes the "morning after" pill, and they are also finding new regulations to impose on clinics that allow a woman to have a legal abortion if she choses to. 
    The main point in the religious-based argument is that everyone has the right to choose a course of action in their lives. 
    Even the choice to believe in God is left up to each person, as stated in the Bible. 
    The idea that people should only engage in sex to procreate falls apart when you include those people over the age of procreation. 
    I do agree that some people are not taking responsibility for their actions and the children they create.  But, that again is free choice.
     I am offended by the phrases relating to "immorality" and "degenerate society," "egotistical and selfish desires."
    These suggest someone passing judgment on others based on personal religious beliefs. 
    I think if you have strong moral convictions based on your personal religious beliefs, that is commendable and could serve as a living example to others. 
    Forcing those beliefs on others and judging and condemning them does not. 
    As Jesus said, "Judge not lest ye be judged by the criteria you yourself set."
     Being a woman and growing up in the post WWII era, I had been more moderate and temperate than most of my contemporaries. 
    What has changed over the years is the desire to see the young women in my family hold onto what rights and freedoms that have been hard won, and a desire to see them make their own decisions based on religious and political freedom.
     
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