Right to an abortion is not in jeopardy

September 20, 2014

The Denver Post

By Laura Carno

Democrats seem intent on making this election about choice. What else explains the barrage of ads in the Colorado U.S. Senate race with the false narrative that a woman’s right to get a legal abortion is in jeopardy?

Since the 1973 landmark Supreme Court decision, Roe vs. Wade has “survived” the pro-life presidencies of Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush.

Despite the steadfastness of the law, the incidence of abortion is at its lowest point since 1973.

The many good works of the pro-life movement such as privately funded centers that support young pregnant women as an alternative to abortion have effectively lowered the tide of abortion.

Yet, a deafening barrage of political commercials is now telling women their reproductive rights are in danger. Let’s be clear: They aren’t.

The false “your reproductive rights are in danger” narrative is a tactic “pro-choice” Democrats have embraced for decades to persuade women to vote for Democrats over Republicans. I would argue that a woman who thinks she is voting “pro-choice” should examine what those choices are.

Voting for a Democrat who is billed as pro-choice is also a vote for someone who does not support a woman’s right to choose her own doctor or health plan. It is a vote for someone who likely doesn’t support a woman’s right to choose her own form of self-defense.

The good news in this is that we haven’t given up the right to make our own choices about who to vote for.

The option for a woman to choose a legal abortion is only one issue out of many. And since that option is not likely in jeopardy, look at the other choices that are important to you and your family, including health care, take-home pay and your family’s safety.

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