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Jean Hay Bright on Abortion

 


Right to decide is a constitutional & human right

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons," a phrase right out of the 4th Amendment, seems pretty straightforward to me. But beyond that constitutional right, a woman's right to decide what happens to her body is a fundamental human right.

Roe v. Wade is a remarkable document. It looks at that fundamental right in terms of the developing fetus, and clearly states that a pregnant woman starts to share with the "state" the right to say what happens to the growing fetus as the fetus itself matures toward viability - the ability to be separated from the pregnant woman, by whatever means, and live to tell about it. It is at that point of viability that the government gains a legitimate interest in, and the right to intercede in some cases, in a pregnant woman's decision on whether or not to continue a pregnancy. I think that is a valid and appropriate position for our government to take.

Source: Campaign website, www.jeanhaybright.us, "Position Papers" Apr 8, 2006

Abortion is a woman's right

Jean Hay Bright responds that she Strongly Favors the statement "Abortion is a woman's right"
Source: Response by the candidate to VoteMatch questionnaire Dec 14, 2005

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