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This is my response to David Duff’s letter to the editor, “Wangersky was wrong,” Sept. 29.

Mr. Duff, it’s unfortunate that you feel that you are the voice of all Canadians on abortion, as I myself do not share your views, and I’m sure many others don’t as well.

As a young female in our progressive society, I feel that my right to decide if I want to have a child or not is my own, as it should be for any woman.

There are many justifiable reasons for a woman to decide to have an abortion, such as rape, being financially unstable, the health of the child and/or the mother and simply not wanting a child, just to name a few.

I recognize that there are still many people who are pro-life, but it is very evident that there is a large community of those who are pro-choice. To criminalize abortion in Canada would be to take away the rights of many women who would otherwise have been able to choose the best decision for themselves.

Who are you, or anybody else who is pro-choice, to tell a woman that abortion isn't the right thing to do? Until you walk in their shoes, Mr. Duff, I ask you not to judge. If you are pro-life, then do not get an abortion; if you are pro-choice, then feel free to make your decision based on the circumstances in your life.

Women who chose to be pro-choice are not wrong because they feel it is their right and their decision to have an abortion; women who chose to be pro-life are also not wrong because they prefer have the child than to have an abortion.

So, as a plea for peace and calm between pro-choice and pro-life peoples, are we able to for once just accept that we have different opinions and views, and to mind our own personal business?

Kora Liegh Russell  

Bay Roberts

Geographic location: Canada

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  • Jacklyn Adams
    October 06, 2012 - 15:06

    I agree. Nobody else, not even the dead, has to donate or rent out their organs to anyone else without their permission. So why should women have to rent out their uteruses? (uteri?)

  • mainlander
    October 06, 2012 - 10:06

    Well said JB & Kora Liegh. The people who advocate for smaller government and to keep government out of our personal business are often the ones lobbying the government on issues that are completely personal & private choices. I don't tell you how to live your life, so kindly stay out of mine.

  • JB
    October 06, 2012 - 08:19

    "Until you walk in their shoes..." Well said Kora Liegh. I was pro-life......until I walked in those shoes.