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LAW WOULD CHIP AWAY
AT ONE'S RIGHT TO CHOOSE

If the Unborn Victims of Violence Act should be passed by state or federal government, we might as well kiss a woman's right to choose goodbye. The recent letter from the New York State Right to Life Committee pleading for "respect" for fetuses sounds innocent on the surface, however, the long-lasting implications could hinder what little has been done to protect the right of a woman to choose what to do with her own body.

When a pregnant woman is physically attacked and harm is done to her unborn child, the attacker certainly should not and does not go unpunished. Felony assault and attempted murder charges would be applicable for the said attack.

The unborn fetus is a part of the woman's body and is not a separate living, breathing entity until it is born and, therefore, cannot be protected as a living person.

With a law like the Unborn Victims of Violence Act in place, it wouldn't be long until pro-life groups started to challenge other aspects of what is considered a violent act against an unborn child. This could greatly jeopardize a woman's right to choose. That is why I'm writing my legislators to ask them not to support such a law.

MATTHEW BEMBEN

Buffalo

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