Women have a divine right to their own care just as men do. They have free will. Women have the right to choose. My position is no endorsement for abortion but leaves that decision, unhampered, up to the individual woman. There is no person better qualified than the pregnant woman herself to decide the issue of what is best for her. And, certainly, no person, acting as an advocate from their own sense of personal moral duty, holds the moral high ground to legislate any woman’s personal decision about her choice of medical care.

Additionally, clinical research is done predominantly on adult males. Yet we know that women have differing symptoms and may react differently to treatment than men. Medical research needs to better address the needs of women.

As a representative of the public good, I will not legislate against any woman’s right to choose her medical care nor work to hamper her right of choice.