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Decision, not choice

Michael Gerson writes a thought-provoking commentary (“Autonomy, Inclusion and Abortion,” Jan. 25) that sums the situation nicely of deciding, not choosing, whether or not to end the growth of an embryo into a life of promise of full humanity. The word “choice” suggests the flip of a coin to kill. It is far too important a decision to be left to mere choice without a hearing. The partner in a conception has a right to have a say in the decision to end that life, and an obligation, as she does, to make a thoughtful decision.

Aristotle said we are not born human, we become human. But who has the right to choose the death of budding humanity over life? Many people do not believe in capital punishment, and even hardened criminals are allowed a hearing. An embryo has no choice, no chance, and no champion but the law. Let we the people demand it be changed.

Judith Maibie



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