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ERA must be abortion-neutral

I would like to comment on your recent article about a Pro-Life rally ["MIT Pro-Lifers rally on eve of march," April 11]. In this article, Kelly Jefferson was quoted as saying, "We're fighting the movement that's lying to women.... Women are being deceived [because] abortion is a lie.... When they tell you that [an unborn child] is not a person, they're lying to you."

I would like to point out to the community that the reproductive rights movement is not built upon the one belief that the fetus is not a life, therefore abortion is permissible. For example, I believe in the freedom of choice and that the unborn is a life. I do not want to ever have to have an abortion -- no woman does. However, I also do not support the patriarchal nature of the society in which we live; a society in which women are subordinated and controlled collectively by men. Nor do I support any form of sexism, rape, incest, or harmful and fallible birth control -- issues which affect both women and men. I am not in favor of the negative economic repercussions women suffer for being mothers. I am not content knowing that there is no guarantee that all unwanted children will be adopted. It is for all of these reasons I support the right to choice.

Jessica M. Marcus '89->