Repeal of Roe v. Wade

To the editor:

With the recent leaked 5-4 decision to be made by the U.S. Supreme Court, with all five conservative members, including three nominated by then-President Donald J. Trump, it appears that the 1973 decision of the court in Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion and became the law of the land, making the abortion decision to be between the pregnant woman and her physician and no longer to be determined or regulated by the government, will soon be reversed.

So much for Republicans and conservatives promoting themselves as strong advocates for the rights of private citizens.

It appears that when the decision does become official that as many as 26 states will severely restrict abortions, and that 11 of those states plan to ban abortion without exception for rape or incest.

At present it is reported that 70 percent of Americans support the Roe v. Wade decision and the right of the pregnant female to an abortion, if she so chooses, and not determined or derived by federal mandate.

Reportedly, the justices who support the overturn of Roe are conservatives Samuel Alito, Amy Comey-Barrett, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Clarence Thomas.

Although Republicans and conservatives promote themselves as being pro-life, when it comes to abortion, why have for decades opposed funding for public assistance programs designed to assist needy children and their parents, including Temporary Assistance to Needy Families and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program as well as others, and why do they choose not to advocate on behalf of and financially support entities and programs that serve and assist unwanted children available for adoption, and if they, indeed, truly espouse such strong beliefs, why do they, with very few exceptions, choose not to adopt needy children themselves.

As a result, it might appear that Republicans and conservatives care and have respect for the life of the unborn child, but following birth, their support significantly diminishes or, sadly, disappears altogether.

Richard Hord

Martins Ferry


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