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Don’t legislate your ‘beliefs’

Don’t legislate your ‘beliefs’

To the Editor:

According to a couple of newsletters I got, the week of May 14-20 was National Women’s Health Week, urging me to consult with my certified and licensed doctors about screenings and best health practices to keep myself healthy.  

I find it very ironic that this was also the week that our state legislature chose to vote to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the very restrictive and unscientific abortion bill passed by the legislature. I did not realize we had so many certified doctors in our legislature so that they know more about my health needs than I and my certified doctor do.

If I had deep enough money pockets, I would sue those legislators who voted for this bill for practicing medicine without a license. I also think all these anti-abortion bills are a violation of the First Amendment to our Constitution, which states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion ….” 

There is no scientific basis or medical standards code that support what is written in most of these laws, so legislators say this is what they believe. To me, that means you can’t legislate your beliefs on me.

Jane Harrison

Haywood County

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