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ABORTION: Proposed law is not about choice

Letter by Jack R. Peterson, Tacoma on Feb. 7, 2012 at 12:24 pm | 150 Comments »
February 7, 2012 12:37 pm

Legislation is being considered in Washington state which would require all private health insurers to cover abortion services if they offer maternity care. HB 2330 and SB 6185 would not offer an exemption to employers that are morally opposed to abortion, nor to employees who do not wish to pay premiums to cover abortion services.

If this is the next stage of the “Pro-Choice” movement, it is now clear that it is not about “choice” at all. It is about promoting abortion. When allowing abortion into the third trimester became the law of the land, I could console myself that at least I wouldn’t be violating my own conscience as I went about my life. But this legislation makes clear that there are no ethical shortcuts.

We are all responsible for how we protect or don’t protect human life. In a way, those proposing this legislation are making that clear. I can’t describe the pain I experience at being forced, and having my employer forced, to fund the taking of a human life. I don’t know how I will be able to reconcile living as a citizen of this state should this legislation pass.

I beg our legislators not to take us down this road, if not to protect the unborn, about whose humanity they may harbor doubts, then to protect the right to live according to our own conscience.

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