Editor: Growing up as an Indian-American woman has allowed me to recognize the disproportionate impact communities of color face on various issues within this country.

On a wide range of issues, communities of color experience the brunt of every issue politicians deem “controversial.”

Access to an abortion is a necessity for health and safety for all, but especially for patients of color. Black women are three to four times more likely to die during childbirth than their white counterparts.

With bans rapidly spreading from state to state after the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade, it’s time that politicians and activists alike recognize how this issue affects future generations, as well.

It worries me to think that such a life-saving procedure may not be accessible for my friends, family, and community members who require it. I wish to grow up in a world where my children, and their children, and their children are able to have autonomy over their own bodies.

This is not a political issue, this is a people issue. It’s time we started looking at it as such, instead of as a way to poach votes for one party over another.

Shanthi Ashok, Fairfax

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(3) comments

Paul Benedict

My comment on a 3rd party candidate was intended for another article

Paul Benedict

There's not a potential 3rd party person anywhere that has a chance in Hades of getting a significant number of votes, although in a close race they might tip the scale to the Republican or Democratic candidate. I suspect that Larry Hogan will run as a third party candidate because there is no way in the world that he get the Republican nomination. But he is so proud of himself that he will convince himself that he must run as a 3rd party person. Who knows, he might get 3 or 4 million votes, but I'm not sure who he would take the most votes away from. He might get some Democrats voting for him from those that aren't totally woke and crazy. I think there are still a few Democrats that are normal people, but maybe I am wrong.

Paul Benedict

I agree. Killing unborn babies should not be political. Abortion has wiped out almost half the Black population in the US, so it is a barbaric form of systemic racism. Limiting abortion might take away good paying jobs for abortion providers, so I see where your priorities are.

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