Government, back off

Posted Thursday, Jun. 27, 2013  comments  Print Reprints
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The Legislature has been doing more than trying to decide when women no longer have control over their bodies. If it succeeds, every Texan will face a government that not only can force women to continue their pregnancies, but it might also be able to force women to get pregnant. Or not.

The government may decide that certain women shouldn’t have children. Maybe they’re too old, or too young. Maybe they’re too poor. Or too uneducated. Or the wrong religion, ethnicity or race. Or their partners are inappropriate.

Sound familiar?

Once precedent exists that the government, not the individual, is in charge — once the government can criminalize medically sound decisions — where does that stop?

— Barbara Chiarello, Arlington

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