Here’s a scary story out of Florida. A six-month pregnant woman went to the hospital to seek medical treatment for potential premature labor. When she arrived, it turned out that she was not, in fact, in labor, but her doctor demanded that she remain on bedrest for the remainder of the pregnancy — in the hospital. When she attempted to leave the hospital, the doctor went to a judge who ruled that she was required to stay to protect the fetus. The judge did not get a second opinion from a different doctor (not that it would have mattered to me anyway).
I am not in favor of abortion, but I very strongly believe that we must be able to make our own medical decisions. And that we must be able to make medical decisions for our own children, both born and unborn. It is NOT the place of the government or anyone else, no matter how well meaning, to tell me how to raise my children.
True, this woman smoked throughout the 6 months of that pregnancy. Today, we find that completely unacceptable. Years ago, it was the norm. No one has the right to tell me what to do with my own body and we all must fight vehemently to protect that right.