I have dealt with the issue of abortion throughout my 40 year medical career. I understand and respect the views of those opposed to abortion. I also understand and respect the difficult decision women in my practice sometimes had to make regarding whether to continue their pregnancy. Dr. George Tiller was an attending physician for our Family medicine residency. He practiced Family medicine, did abortions, was active in the Wichita community, was a deacon in his church. One Sunday he was murdered in that church by a “pro-life” advocate. So, as the old song says, I’ve “looked at life from both sides now.”
The “Value them Both” amendment is the most prejudicially written ballot issue I remember reading. So understand what voting yes on this amendment really says. It says that you are giving up your right to personal choice. You are handing your freedom of choice to the government. I personally support our constitutional right to separation of church and state. I support the right of women’s freedom of choice. Understand that pro-choice is not necessarily pro-abortion. I trust women to make the right choice based on their religious and personal beliefs, their family and life situation, the circumstances of their pregnancy and their health risks. Don’t give the government the right to tell you what to do about this most personal of decisions. I’ll be voting “NO” August 2nd.
Randy Nichols MD