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Women need federal action

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

When I was pregnant with my youngest son, Elias, I was told at 16 weeks that if I continued my pregnancy, I was risking my own death and leaving my sons and husband without me. “If it comes down to it,” my care team asked, “Do you want us to save you or your unborn child?”

My husband did not get to make that decision — only I could make that decision. Despite my infinite love for my children and family, I made the decision for doctors to save my baby- if they could not save us both.

This experience has shaped my views and policy positions on abortion rights. I reject the premise that one must be either pro-life or pro-choice. I am proudly both.

With the rise of back door attempts at overturning Roe v. Wade across several states — I believe that it is imperative for Congress to enact federal protection of women’s rights to reproductive health care and access to abortion.

This federal law should prohibit states from or unnecessary authorizations for women to access treatment, or defund Planned Parenthood services and Community Health Centers that provide access to care.

Sen. Erica Smith

Gaston

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Letters

June 15, 2019

The anti-God, anti-American Democrat party is presently working to get back into national power by any means necessary.

Democrats have always been the party of slavery and now they coddle the communist, socialist, Marxist and the Muslims. Put all of the above groups together and you have a force…

June 14, 2019

In regard to the deceptively and antagonistically titled letter, “Image of GPD defies reality” (Public Forum, June 9), I offer the following:

There are many definitions and uses for the word “piece.” In music, literature, art, drama, dinnerware, pottery, games and a whole…

June 12, 2019

When I was pregnant with my youngest son, Elias, I was told at 16 weeks that if I continued my pregnancy, I was risking my own death and leaving my sons and husband without me. “If it comes down to it,” my care team asked, “Do you want us to save you or your unborn child?…

June 10, 2019

Good health is a requirement for all of us. When someone is sick, they can’t work, learn or be a fully engaged in the community.

Unfortunately, too many of our neighbors don’t have the health insurance they need to stay healthy. Approximately 6,577 people in Pitt County alone have no…

June 09, 2019

Michael Abramowitz’ June 2 article for the Interfaith Clergy asks Greenville residents to “create a more positive public image” of law enforcement officers. Under the headline, “Blessed Are the Peacemakers,” he describes plans for a “Blessing of the Badges”…

June 02, 2019

What is that old saying? Turnabout is fair play? I also like that saying about karma, and what you sow that also shall you reap. Before this is over, Republicans will wish Hillary was elected so they could have done to her what they are about to go through.

They are locked into an untenable…

June 01, 2019

“My body My choice” is the rally cry for pro-abortion supporters. However, it is not a woman’s body that will be killed during an abortion, it is the small defenseless babies’ who I would bet wished they had the right to demand “my body, my choice.”

A…

May 31, 2019

“Why does Pope Francis’ passion for justice and unity stop short of women?” I join National Catholic Reporter columnist Jamie Manson in posing this question. In 2016 the Pope created a commission for the study of the history of women deacons in the Catholic Church. On May 10 of…

May 30, 2019

I was pleased to learn that black billionaire investor Robert F. Smith, founder of Vista Equity Partners, announced during this year’s commencement address at Morehouse College that he will pay off the student loan debts of the roughly 400 students who graduated from Morehouse this year. This…

May 29, 2019

Many improvements in the Greenville downtown area have truly enhanced the appearance of our city. ECU has added some architecturally beautiful buildings that speak to the quality of our university and Greenville. Many businesses and restaurants and the Dickinson avenue upgrades have made going…

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