Letter: Rich women will always have the right to abort

Activists gathers with others in the Utah State Capitol Rotunda to protest abortion bans happening in Utah and around the country Tuesday, May 21, 2019, in Salt Lake City. State law makers recently passed a ban on abortions after 18 weeks, but have agreed not to enforce the ban as a court challenge plays out. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

It is hard for me to believe that we are once again in the throes of the abortion debate. Without access to proper medical abortion, some women died trying to use whatever they thought might work.

Making abortion illegal will not stop women from ending unwanted pregnancies. The way I see it, wealthy women will always be able to find a place to get a proper medical abortion or to purchase the “morning-after” pill in their own or another country.

Those who will suffer the most will be children born to poor women who cannot afford another pregnancy, physical or emotional burden, another mouth to feed and care for, and another to educate. This does not include those harmed by having to keep a baby born following rape or incest.

Is the government prepared to support and help raise these children? Who has the right to make this abortion decision for another person? Abortion is a decision for a woman, in collaboration with her partner and her doctor, not by a government mandate that controls a woman’s choice.

Marilyn Morris, Salt Lake City

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