'Freedom' means being free to choose


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To the Editor:

I have to chuckle to myself when I see all the prochoice people getting upset over some of the recent abortion restrictions enacted by states across the country.

Why are they not pro-freedom on other issues?

For example, I would wager a guess that most who defend a woman's right to choose don't feel that way about gun ownership or the right of a religious business owner being free to serve, or not serve, who they wish.

These people who say abortion is a private matter between a woman and her doctor are usually the same people wanting the government to run healthcare.

Why do they act surprised and outraged when politicians interfere in medical decisions?

Did they really expect anything different?

We Libertarians have long known that both liberals and conservatives are hostile to individual liberty on all issues.

We believe that abortion, like marriage or drug usage, should be totally private with government involvement being limited to enforcement and upholding of contractual agreements.

This means no tax funded abortions with no exceptions.

Liberty means freedom of choice even if 99% of the people don't agree with that choice.

It seems like a simple enough concept, but it is evidently beyond comprehension of the big mouths on both sides of the abortion debate.

Mark Richards,

West Milford



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