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Editorial shows misinformation about pro-choice
To the editor:
I am a 22-year-old liberal college student. As such, I often get the rap of being an anti-establishment, baby-killing nut. I have actually had people say this to me. I have no problem with people expressing their opinions. However, I believe these people are somewhat misinformed. In response to the Jan. 26 editorial on abortion, I believe the Southeast Missourian to be among the misinformed.
First, there is the question of language. Pro-choice does not equal pro-abortion. I would not have an abortion, but I believe in a woman's right to choose, hence the term pro-choice. Also, people who are self-proclaimed pro-lifers are often also in favor of the death penalty. You cannot say you are pro-life unless you respect all life, even the lives of those with whom you disagree. Therefore, the term should be anti-abortion.
Second, I have become extremely tired of hearing men lecture on the evils of abortion. They have a right to their opinions, but until they can show me their uterus, they should think before speaking. So many conservatives want to reverse Roe v. Wade and make it impossible for a woman to get a safe and legal abortion. Conservatives today are so worried about preaching freedom because they are afraid of what the world will think, but they can't preach freedom while trying to take away rights.
Perhaps the United States should worry more about its citizens and less about world opinion.