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Abortion Controversy

December 29, 1991

I could not agree more with Rivers' article on abortion. I am a college student myself, and I'm terrified of losing the right to decide what I do with my body. My boyfriend and I are both very careful about birth control, but I'm well aware that no method is infallible. The possibility that I might get pregnant haunts me.

Frankly, I don't know if I'd be able to have an abortion or give up my baby for adoption, because I love children and have always planned on being a mother--eventually. But it's my life and my choice. If I decide to drop my college career and have the child, OK; if I decide to give it up either in an operating room or at an adoption agency, OK. I refuse to let the course of my life be determined by a faulty condom.

It's time women take a more vocal stand on this issue. Continued silence when it comes to legislatures governing our bodies and our choices is tantamount to giving up our rights altogether.

MICHELLE K. McGINNIS, Los Angeles

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