A law that punishes abortion is odious to women and ignores their rights.

Laws restricting abortion do not in any way contest the rights of women; rather they emphasize the right to life of the conceived infant, a right which people are trying to circumvent today. What these laws affirm is that no one may dispose of the life of an innocent. The laws simply put into practice a general principle of every democratic society: the equality of all human beings in the right to life. Hence, the penal character of these laws is but the consequence of an anterior, inalienable right of the unborn infant. It is the violation of this right that calls for and justifies a penal sanction.

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