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We should choose

Am I the only one to notice a similarity between the Supreme Court upholding Oregon’s law granting the choice to end one’s own life and the ongoing debate over abortion? Opponents of both frequently fall victim to the “slippery slope” fallacy.

Opponents of Oregon’s law often argue that allowing terminally ill, suffering patients to end their own lives will inevitably lead to euthanasia (putting to death of another person, usually to end their suffering) or even killing of the old and infirm. Yet, they present no evidence that the former will lead to the latter.

Abortion rights opponents sometimes argue that allowing a woman to end her own pregnancy will lead to forced abortions, sterilizations, and even murder of live, unwanted infants. Where is the evidence?

I am pro-choice in the broadest sense: Allow me the right to choose what is best for my body and my family. No one is attempting to force another to have an abortion or commit suicide. It is against the policy of every family planning clinic or program I know of to counsel that a woman have an abortion. All alternatives are presented to a woman, and she and she alone makes the choice.

Deborah Russell

Grass Valley

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