In Christine Flowers’ Sunday column on new abortion legislation, she is happy that states are banning abortions after six weeks since inception (when most women do not yet realize they are pregnant). She says “America is on the right track.”

That track will force women, especially poor women, to do what women did before Roe v. Wade: go to untrained, illegal abortionists, try to end the pregnancy themselves or go to a “home” for unwed mothers and be forced to give up their baby.

Before Roe v. Wade, women who did not self-induce a miscarriage or seek an illegal abortion went to an adoption agency to find parents for their child.

In 1970, Republican Gov. Dan Evans signed into law the right of women to have abortions, a law resulting from a vote of the people of Washington. Washington was the first state to do that.

It has been 46 years since the Supreme Court upheld a woman’s right to control her own body. Roe v. Wade is still the law of the land, but anti-abortion forces have been emboldened by the election of Donald Trump.

Alabama’s Legislature (all white men) passed a law preventing an abortion for any reason. Other states are making laws prohibiting abortions after six weeks from conception. Most women don’t even know they are pregnant until they miss their next period.

I am a fierce advocate of a woman’s right to choose what she does with her body. The majority of men and women in this country support abortion rights.

Outlawing abortion is telling women they cannot control their own bodies and, therefore, their lives.

People who are anti-abortion have a right to their opinion, but they do not have the right to force their opinion on all women.

Mary Deaton

Mount Vernon

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