A Matter of Choice
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Every previous chapter leads us to this place: Abortion should be a woman’s choice. This means no more and no less than that a woman should be able to make a personal and private decision about the future of her pregnancy. She should have the freedom to make that decision according to her own beliefs, and she should be able to act on her decision, following her own values and her own conscience. The philosophical and moral foundation for reproductive choice is the principle of autonomy—sometimes referred to as ‘self-determination’.