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Abortion decision disappoints reader

Full disclosure, I’m writing this as a 70 year old Caucasian woman who follows Christianity and never in my life did I imagine, after almost 50 years, that half of the population would lose the right to make their own healthcare decisions.

Choosing whether or not to have a baby is a fundamental right that neither the federal nor state governments should be able to decide; my decision for my life, your decision for your life.

The choice to have an abortion is never simple, deeply personal to the woman, her family and physician, and neither politicians nor Supreme Court Justices should ever have a say.

The irony in all this is the same lawmakers applauding the Dobbs decision rarely, if ever, vote for social and economic programs to help the mother and child.

Let’s take a look at the voting record of our own pro-birth (not pro-life) Congressman Alex Mooney.

1. Bi-partisan Safe Communities Act — NO

2. Protecting Our Kids Act — NO

3. Infant Formula Supplement Appropriations — NO

4. Family Violence and Prevention Act — NO

5. Women’s Health Protection Act — NO

6. Violence Against Women Act — NO

7. Childcare is Essential Act — NO

8. Families First COVID Response Act — NO

9. Childcare for Economic Recovery Act — NO

There are more, but you get the picture. These pro-birth politicians are all about forcing women to have a baby (even in the case of rape, incest or possible death of the mother) but rarely vote for social safety net programs after the child is born. Obviously this isn’t really about babies. It’s about power and control.

And, don’t think this will stop with Dobbs. Next on the Supreme Court “chopping block” are contraception, the right to marry whom you choose, the right to privacy in your own bedroom, and giving state legislatures the power to overturn the will of the voters.

I suggest you look closely at candidates and vote for those who will protect our fundamental rights.

Someday a right you cherish may be threatened. This is how authoritarianism gets a foothold and that never ends well.

Cindy Stemple

Elkins

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