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AIMING TO PRESERVE A RIGHT — Protesters take to DeLand’s “free speech corner” at Woodland Boulevard and New York Avenue May 6 to rally support for preserving access to safe and legal abortion. The group rallied after a leaked Supreme Court draft signaled that Roe v. Wade may be overturned. From left in front are Desiree Gilmore, Judith Southard and Mara Whitridge. Many signs on the corners had pictures of coat hangers, reminding onlookers of the dangers of abortions performed before the procedure was made legal. BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN

Editor, The Beacon:

I am writing to express my deep concern regarding state Sen. Tom Wright’s recent vote to advance a six-week abortion ban in our state. This ban, when enacted, will be among the strictest in the nation.

What makes this particularly troubling is that Sen. Wright’s recent vote stands in stark contrast to his own statements which were reported on in the Oct. 13 edition of The Daytona Beach News-Journal, where he stated he would be in favor of extending the length of time a woman has to get an abortion, referring to lengthening the 15-week abortion ban. This blatant hypocrisy should not be ignored by the public.

It is clear that Sen. Wright has betrayed the trust of his constituents by going against his own campaign promises. His actions raise serious questions about his integrity and what else he may have lied about during his campaign.

Every citizen has a right to know the truth, and I encourage everyone to call Sen. Wright and demand answers. His office can be reached at 850-487-5008.

In a time when reproductive rights are under attack across the country, it is more important than ever that our elected officials are held accountable for their actions. I urge Sen. Wright to reconsider his stance on this issue and to prioritize the health and well-being of women in our state.

Robert Salta


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Raised in Miami Beach, Margie moved to DeLand after graduating from Florida State University. She has a master's degree in community mental-health counseling, and retired after 12 years in substance-abuse treatment. Having worked at the DeLand Sun News during the 1980s, Margie came to The Beacon in 2002 in search of a second career. She helps the reporters; compiles obituaries, the calendar of events and religion news; and deals with a mountain of emails each day. Margie is the proud Nana to two grandchildren, Sophia and Alex.


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