right to choose

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right to choose

  1. (public policy, law, ethics) The moral or legal entitlement of a pregnant woman to make the full and final decision either to give birth to her child or to abort the fetus.
    • 1969, "Significant Step Taken on Abortion," St. Petersburg Times (Washington Post Service), 12 Nov., p. 7D (retrieved 22 March 2009):
      Strict abortion laws have been attacked in the courts, on the grounds that they violate a woman's fundamental right to choose whether or not to bear children.
  2. (public policy, law, ethics) The entitlement of a person to make the decision to end their own life through euthanasia.

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