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Pro-Choice can also be Pro-Life

A woman’s right to choose whether or not to have an abortion is legally protected because the issue is essentially private, at least that’s what most moderate-thinking people in America believe.
The Ennis Daily News has featured a number of columns and front-page stories reflecting the conservative Pro-Life view; January is in fact Sanctity of Life Month. Yet supporting “sanctity of life” applies equally to the moderate to liberal Pro-Choice camps, which believe the right of women to make their own reproductive decisions is tantamount to preserving not only the sanctity but the quality of their lives.
Here in the so-called Bible Belt, with Texas being especially conservative, the opinions of anti-abortion activists are argued in such highly-emotional, religious terms that the implication is often that those who disagree with their stance –– believing instead in preserving a woman’s right to choose –– are somehow less religious, less sensitive or less “moral.”
Obviously the question of conception, being a religious one, must be answered privately by each individual, drawing on his or her own faith in God. Most people accept others’ differences when it comes to spiritual beliefs, denominational choices, etc.
But some, particularly fundamentalists, find it harder to accept the divurgent societal approaches that naturally arise from these basic religious choices. People on both sides of the abortion debate are passionate, feeling they’re standing up for what is right and moral. But most instances of what’s “right” and “moral” are not, and never will be, universally defined. We must determine them for ourselves.
The Ennis Daily News doesn’t believe either side of the abortion question has the theological market cornered on morality.
We support the sanctity of life in all its diversity of definition because we know the community we serve is made up of liberals, moderates and conservatives –– each one thoughtful, sincere and ultimately “right” in the tenets of faith they hold dear.

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