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Why can’t a woman have control over her body?

To the editor:

“I do not believe that just because you’re opposed to abortion, that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed. And why would I think that you don’t? Because you don’t want tax money to go there. That’s not pro-life. That’s pro-birth.” So said Sister Joan Chittister, Benedictine Nun who also happens to be an author and speaker.

“I am a feminist and I am totally pro-choice but what’s funny is when you say that people assume that you are pro-abortion. I don’t love abortion but I want women to be able to choose and I don’t want white dudes in an office being able to make laws on things like this. I mean what are we going to do — go back to clothes hangers” Ellen Page, actor.

“Only in America can you be pro-death penalty, Pro-unmanned drone bomb, pro-nuclear weapons, pro-guns, pro-torture, pro-land mines and still call yourself Pro-Life” – John Fugelsang, actor.

Father Weary loves to use quotes from people who seem to think like he does, that women need to be controlled when it comes to their reproductive rights. Father Weary does not seem to understand that the way he is thinking is from before women actually got the right to control what they do with their own bodies, and, yes, it is their own bodies. He seems to have forgotten that this is the 21st century where women actually do have the right to control their own destinies and not be told what to do by a man.

He makes the claim Alveda King is not a hypocrite but “repented” for her so-called “crime” of standing up for her rights as a woman to do what she wants. Hate to tell the reverend this but that is called being a hypocrite. People in the pro-life movement use the word baby instead of the correct terminology, which is fetus by the way, for propaganda purposes, not for any other reason.

One of the main lies that the pro-life states is that the overwhelming majority of women seeking abortion are simply promiscuous and irresponsible. According to the Guttmacher Institute 72% of abortions are performed on struggling mothers with a child or children already at home, who don’t have the resources to be able to look after another child. Why is that the pro-life movement doesn’t even mention this? Is it due to the fact that it is easier to demonize promiscuous and irresponsible women or is that the pro-life does not actually care beyond the actual birth of the fetus and the cutting of the umbilical cord? I’ll let the readers decide on that one.

Now to the movie “Unplanned.” Yes, I watched it. The reason it did not “move” me was that it was Abby Johnson’s experience with abortion. How many women have had an abortion and did not have the same experience? How many women made the same medical procedure, and yes it is a medical procedure, that Abby Johnson did and did not have the same experience?

And, yet again, I see that Father Weary does not have the ability to answer the questions I posed before. Let me repeat them. How many of the 620,000-plus children that are in the adoption and foster systems combined is Father Weary or members of his congregation going to adopt or foster? What right does Father Weary think that men have to dictate to women what they should do with their own bodies (and yes, the fetus, until born when it finally does become a baby, is part of the woman’s body)? Why is it that pro-lifers only care about what goes on in a woman’s womb, which is none of their business, and not the children that are killed on a daily basis by guns and drugs? What about a woman who gets raped and becomes pregnant through that violent act? Does she not have the right to do anything to stop being reminded of that act up to and including the termination of that pregnancy? I hope that Father Weary can actually answer these questions without going around the question and not giving any answers like he has done before.

George Fisher

Lewistown

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