After publishing an endorsement for Jay Edwards in the Oct. 29 issue of The Athens NEWS, our staff has received ample criticism from readers on Facebook who argue that the endorsement flies in the face of women’s rights. 

Primarily, these are people with whom I, personally, would typically align myself. These comments are from people who presumably believe that a woman should have the right to dictate what happens to and within her own body, including whether or not another human gestates therein. I totally agree; however, I don’t appreciate the assertions by some that The NEWS’ decision to endorse Edwards over Taylor Sappington for the 94th District Ohio House seat was made without or in spite of me.

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