Years ago, working as a medical general practitioner I got a call from a patient — unmarried — asking where she could go for an abortion. I asked her to come into the office, gave her some pro-life literature and we talked.

Nine months later, “Franklin“ was brought in for well-baby check, and as the mother and I looked at each other across the exam table we both knew that her noble decision — to face public embarrassment, medical expenses, interruption of her employment — was so right, both for the child, and for their present and future experiences of profound joyful love between parent and child.

Humanity at its finest.

In recent decades, there has been considerable emphasis on various “rights.”

We see on the news various signs carried by angry people — some accompanied by insults and obscenities.

I suggest another banner behind which all of us — young and old, Republican or or Democrat — can proudly march: "My body, my responsibility."

Frank Hyatt

Southern Pines

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Ce Foote

I love how men always think they know what is best for women. At the heart of Roe v Wade is a woman's right to privacy. Is that too difficult a concept for you to understand?

Kent Misegades

The focus must be on our inalienable right to life and how we choose to protect it. For the innocent young, including the unborn, adults must act to protect the child’s life. Thus abortion is murder, period. It if truly were an issue of “choice”, I guarantee the unborn human would choose life. A woman and man might make an error in creating that child, but why is the child punished by murder for its parents’ mistake? Choose life - babies are a wonderful gift of God.

Jim Tomashoff

Since Kent argues that an abortion is murder, I guess that means life in prison for the woman who had the abortion, life in prison for the person who performed the abortion, life in prison for anyone who facilitated the abortion, nurses, administrators and so on. And since, by definition, an abortion is a planned and deliberate act it constitutes 1st Degree murder, subject to the death penalty here in North Carolina. Right Kent? Even Kent's favorite president, that being Trump, thought so early in his campaign, before he was "educated" that the "pro-life" position is that the woman is a victim. You see, women are such simple creatures, according to this argument, that they can't seriously be held liable for getting an abortion. Rather, evildoers are responsible, and they, and they alone, are legally and morally liable, right Kent?

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