This is in response to the Sept. 18 letter "Women should decide what happens to body." Conceding that premise for this discussion -- that a woman can do whatever she wants to her body -- it is important to point out that the baby, growing and developing within a woman's body, is not her body.
If it were her body, then all mothers and their children would be compatible and could donate blood and organs to each other. But that is not always the case. For example, my mother's blood type was O, Rh-positive, and my blood type is A, Rh-negative. We could not donate to each other without causing serious damage and the possibility of the death for the recipient.
In the legal realm, often when a pregnant woman is killed, the suspect is charged with a double homicide. Why would that be if the baby is her body?
Yes, the woman can choose what to do or not do with her body -- before she is pregnant. If she does not want the child, then give him or her up for adoption. Since close to 50 percent of conceptions are girls, one can assume, therefore, that close to 50 percent of the abortions are baby girls who also would like the "right and opportunity to decide what to do with their bodies."
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Ann E. Kho
Hilton Head Island