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Letters to the editor: July 10, 2019

Missouri’s abortion law

The recent abortion law passed by the Missouri Legislature and signed by Gov. Mike Parson, which prohibits an abortion after eight weeks and does not allow an exception for incest and rape, is an egregious travesty.

The law would no longer allow a woman to control her own body — something I consider to be sacrosanct and an inherent, civil and human right. This is an example of government over-reach, interfering with a woman’s privacy and her right to solely be allowed to make her own decision on such an important and vital matter.

If Missouri lawmakers feel that abortions will be curtailed, they’re sadly mistaken. Missouri residents will just cross the river to Illinois where abortion has no such restrictions, or God forbid, women will, in desperation, try to abort the fetus themselves, which could prove to be extremely dangerous.

Abortion in the United States has been legal since the famous Roe vs. Wade decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973, and according to recent polls, the majority of Americans today still support that decision.

No doubt, this law will be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which should reaffirm its landmark decision — and I feel certain it will.

Gene Carton, University City