Why do women have right to take the life of an­other?

The Mercury News Weekend - - OPINION -

Roe v. Wade is in the news again. I’m just shy of 80 and have had a lot of time to think about this is­sue.

True, it’s a re­li­gious is­sue but I be­lieve also a moral and le­gal one as well.

First, women as well as men have the right to de­ter­mine what hap­pens to their own body. Birth con­trol should be avail­able to all. I have seen ul­tra­sounds of ba­bies in the early stages of de­vel­op­ment. When does life be­gin? I’m not sure, but it must be very soon af­ter con­cep­tion.

Here is my prob­lem: Why, be­cause you are a woman, do you have the right to take the life of an­other hu­man? This is not your body but rather the body of some­one else. Should the gov­ern­ment have a right/obli­ga­tion to pro­tect that life? Per­haps so. Maybe some­one can ex­plain it to me.

— Don­ald Kass­ner, Los Al­tos

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