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Constitution includes no ‘right to abortion’

In recent weeks a number of states have passed new restrictions on abortion.

Georgia, Alabama, Ohio and Kentucky to name a few have passed new restrictions ranging from outright bans to those prohibited after eight weeks.

The actions of these states have led to the pro-choice (code for pro-abortion) group to erupt with their standard defense that these laws are violative of a constitutional right — which is absolutely absurd on its face because this right does not exist in this document.

There is no “right to abortion” in the constitution. Those who scream this mantra from the mountaintop look to Roe v. Wade (1973) as supporting this inherent right.

The opinion in Roe is the albatross around the life of an unborn child. The court in Roe relied on the most outrageous precedent from Griswold v. Connecticut (1965), which stretched the “right to privacy” beyond any normal understanding by what can only be called pure legal wizardry.

Through the sorcery of the court, “penumbras, formed by emanations” expanded the right to privacy to include the outright murder of an unborn child.

Those who rush to the constitution to support their absurd notion that abortion is a “right” fail to support the other stated rights found in this document: right to bear arms, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, etc.

This is highly inconsistent logic — create a right and support it without hesitation but try to limit other stated rights without question.

The recent events in the above states will provide, if nothing else, an extremely overdue debate about states rights (especially in the area of abortion) and the purpose and role of government.

Those who believe the Supreme Court is their vehicle to creating personal rights which were never intended, must be challenged and vigorously, especially regarding protecting the unborn child.

William E. Straesser

Altoona

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