Where must one stand on abor­tion?

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION -

I am one of the erst­while Democrats whom House Mi­nor­ity Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) ref­er­enced in her re­marks on party in­clu­sive­ness re­gard­ing the is­sue of abor­tion, as re­ported in the May 3 news ar­ti­cle “Pelosi: Democrats should be flex­i­ble on abor­tion stances.” I served Democrats in the House, Se­nate and For­eign Ser­vice. I fa­vor gun con­trol, en­vi­ron­men­tal reg­u­la­tions, ex­tended health care and more se­lec­tive in­ter­na­tional in­volve­ment. Yet on Nov. 8, I voted Repub­li­can. Why? There are many rea­sons, but the de­ter­min­ing fac­tor was the so-called so­cial is­sues, par­tic­u­larly that of abor­tion.

I dis­agree with the pro-choice ar­gu­ment that a woman has a “right” to abor­tion, be­cause I see all hu­man rights as em­a­nat­ing from God and not the govern­ment. I agree with Ms. Pelosi that lim­its on abor­tion should be on the table, but I see preg­nancy as­sis­tance and ed­u­cat­ing cit­i­zens on the re­al­ity of a sep­a­rate hu­man life within a mother’s womb as more crit­i­cal pri­or­i­ties. Henry Kenny, McLean

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