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Reproductive decisions are a woman’s own to make

By Andrea Anderson

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 20, 2013

~~<p>Tuesday marks the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade. In Roe, the court recognized a woman's right to privacy when making important health care decisions regarding pregnancy. Forty years later, we take this day to remember that very important lesson: that a woman's decision about her pregnancy &mdash; whether to have a child, choose adoption or have an abortion &mdash; is best left to her, her family, her faith and her health care provider.</p>
<p>When Roe was decided in 1973, the rest of the nation was catching up with Hawaii. Three years earlier, the Hawaii Legislature had passed a bill ensuring that women in Hawaii had access to safe and legal abortion. Remarkably, that bill was allowed to become law by Gov. John Burns, a Catholic who struggled with his own personal thoughts on abortion.</p>
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Tuesday marks the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade. In Roe, the court recognized a woman's right to privacy when making important health care decisions regarding pregnancy. Forty years later, we take this day to remember that very important lesson: that a woman's decision about her pregnancy — whether to have a child, choose adoption or have an abortion — is best left to her, her family, her faith and her health care provider.

When Roe was decided in 1973, the rest of the nation was catching up with Hawaii. Three years earlier, the Hawaii Legislature had passed a bill ensuring that women in Hawaii had access to safe and legal abortion. Remarkably, that bill was allowed to become law by Gov. John Burns, a Catholic who struggled with his own personal thoughts on abortion. Login for more...



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