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Most Guam female senators ignore query about abortion views

A majority of female senators on Guam did not respond to a newspaper's questions about their positions on abortion, a report said.

By the end of Wednesday only three of 10 female lawmakers responded to questions put to them Tuesday by Pacific Daily News, the newspaper reported Wednesday.

Guam law allows abortions up to 13 weeks, but there has not been a physician who offers the procedure on the island since last year.

The newspaper asked the lawmakers for their "stance on abortions" and, if they consider themselves to be pro-abortion rights, whether they are working toward changing Guam's current lack of an abortion provider.

Only Guam Senators Régine Biscoe Lee and Amanda Shelton, both Democrats, and Republican Louise Muna, provided responses.

"I believe that life begins at the moment of conception and human life is sacred," Muna said.

"I'm not pro-choice because I hate life or believe in abortion; I'm pro-choice because I know that decision is hard enough," Biscoe Lee said.

"The right to life is the first human right and that means we must support women with all the resources we can provide to ensure a healthy pregnancy and a loving home for the child," Shelton said.

Protesters plan a rally Friday at the governor's office to demonstrate against a plan by Democratic Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero's to find a doctor willing to provide abortions on the island.

In a statement, the Archdiocese of Agana urged "the Catholic faithful throughout our island to respect life from conception to natural death and to be courageous in our defense of innocent babies."

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