"We know that women have abortions for many reasons. Even if we disagree on the issue of abortion, we can agree that these are private personal decisions we all must be able to make based on our own circumstances, beliefs, and values. We should respect and support a woman and her family as they face the life-altering decision of whether to have a child. It is neither my place nor our government's place to make such an important life decision for someone else... We all care about life and about doing our best for the people we love. When we bring children into the world we want them to have the opportunity to live a good life. And we want to build a better future for our children and our grandchildren.
Abortion and reproductive freedom more broadly defined are important pieces of ensuring this common dream. To obtain a better future, we each must be free to make profoundly personal decisions about our reproductive lives without unwarranted government intrusion. As with all freedoms, there are limits. But a government that respects the personal integrity of its people both interferes in these essentially private decisions as little as possible and helps ensure that everyone has the opportunity to make these decisions responsibly."
Experts Individuals with MDs, PhDs, ThDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to abortion; and top-level federal government officials significantly involved in abortion and related issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Director, Center for Liberty at the ACLU (LGBT/AIDs Project, Reproductive Freedom Project, Women's Rights Project, and Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief), 2010-present
Director, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Reproductive Freedom Project, 2003-2010