To the editor:
After reading the blogs associated with the Body Boutique article ("Fitness club members criticize tree with Birthright message," Dec. 19), I'm compelled to clarify that there is an error in the story. I did not request a refund. I did, however, request that the normal 90 days of notification to terminate my membership be waived. Again to be clear, I do not in any way believe I am owed a refund. Furthermore, I respect the right of the owner to deny my request for an early termination. Whatever she decides, I will cooperate. Legally I am obliged to do so.
To be fair, at the time that I signed my gym contract, I could not have known that the owner would egregiously use her business to further an anti-choice agenda. Had I known, I assure you, I would not have entered into a contract with the gym. In fact, my decision to contact the Journal-World regarding the tree was done to inform members and women considering becoming members that Body Boutique is an anti-choice establishment. For many women that is perfectly OK, but for others it is not.
Therefore, in the spirit of choice, I choose to terminate my membership. Perhaps others will follow. Or at least, now they will know what they are getting into.