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It’s official. Roe v Wade has been overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. An oh-so-predictable vote. So the weeping and wailing and indignation following the leaked sneak peek have begun all over again.

There was a time when I was mortified by a law that allowed women the right to terminate a pregnancy. I had a dim view of any woman who could be so cold and cavalier and dismissive of the new life within her. But I don’t think that way anymore.

This isn’t a religious issue. We’ve made it one, or religious conservatives have. This is a woman’s rights issue. She has the right to decide for herself—regardless of the burden of conscience or what the bible says. This is a decision not to be taken out of the hands of the one person most directly affected—the pregnant woman.

Bible thumpers and the rest truly have no say in this, even as it has become apparent that they—at least for now—have ruled the day.

The thought of killing a fetus, of terminating a vulnerable life, may be offensive to many people. But this has always been about more than someone simply being offended or feeling the need to serve as someone else’s conscience. This is about granting autonomy to women and recognizing that the burden of conscience, the burden of any feelings that may emerge, the potential regret or remorse, or relief—all of this is left to the woman who makes the decision to terminate or to keep.

If the religious right want to get involved, then they can pray for the woman’s soul or her decision-making process, if that would help them feel better.

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