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My name is Crystal and I am 17 years of age. I was adopted at the age of three months and I can not see how anyone can possibly take the role of God and take any human life and feel that it is okay! I am not trying to be rude in any way, but I just wanted to let you hear my voice and hopefully you could write me back and inform me as to why you feel this is okay.

One of the most common statements that I have heard from Pro-Chioce is that it is the woman's body therefore, it is her choice. I agree that all women should have complete control over their own bodies, but as the time of conception, the little human fends for itself. It is not attached to the mother in any way except for the cord, and therefore, there are two lives involved in the process of abortion. I don't know if you are religious or not, but God gave us all the chance of life and who are we to take that away from anyone else. The only thing that we can reproduce is another human, so if something is growing inside of a woman, then the only thing it can be is a human being! We as a people have not been given the right to take another life, no matter what the circumstances are. If one person has wronged us (rape) and the outcome is a human being, then we need to deal with that in a loving and non-selfish way and I do not think that the way to do that is murder...that is the easy way out

Thanks for your note. As you may or may not know, I am wholeheartedly in support of women having enough information about our lives to make informed choices--including whether to have or not to have children and when. I trust each woman to make this decision on her own and with the consultation of her physician when necessary. Personally, I could not choose to abort a fetus after the sixteenth week--but this is only personal choice. For me this is bordering on "post viability." As far as I know there is no proof that this fetus has the potential to be a human until this point. Before this point, there is no way that this fetus can survive independently--(and I'm not one for co-dependent relationships.) I value your opinion that this potential life for you begins at conception. And just as I value and trust your judgement, I trust that you will equally value other people's. Thank you for sharing.

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