Regarding the Jan. 22 Point of View “Unrealized promises” by Lisa Levenstein: She stated that Roe v. Wade is about a woman’s “fundamental right to self-determination and reproductive health.” The legal interpretations of the decision will continue.
Like so many today, she has completely missed the point that a woman’s right to her own health begins with her responsibility to take care of her own health, and that cannot be separated from her decision to have sex. Levenstein did not acknowledge that a woman’s right to self-determination begins when she has intercourse and not when she finds out she is pregnant.
Before Roe, the law and society for generations “outlawed abortion except in special circumstances or to save a woman’s life” because every abortion takes a life and should not “become a routine medical procedure.” There have now been more than 50 million of these “procedures,” and each one has killed a child.
In many states it is now considered two murders when someone kills a pregnant woman. How does she resolve this conflict with her desire to have on-demand abortion? She and many others are missing some key points on personal responsibility and important beliefs in the sanctity of life.