We must give women control over their own bodies. No one should take away this basic human right.

Women will continue to have unwanted pregnancies, including rape, incest, and life-threatening complications. If we ban abortion, many women and girls will turn to back-alley abortions, and the suffering will increase. Not only will we lose the lives of the unborn but also the mothers.

Fortunately, there is a path forward. We should do everything possible to encourage responsible birth control. We should also provide alternatives for women, such as adoption services and early-childhood support. We should make the morning-after pill readily available to everyone and promote responsible sex education.

Our goal should be to reduce abortions to the minimum level possible without driving pregnant women and girls into the hands of back-alley abortion clinics. I believe this is something that all Americans can and should get behind. It’s not a perfect solution, but it’s the only one that will work to save lives and reduce suffering.

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