To the editor:
Suppose the First Amendment only consisted of one word "establishment" and suppose the Fourteenth Amendment only consisted of two words " due process". We could then make those words mean just about anything we wanted them to, but to separate those words from a well written sentence into a clause that completely changes the meaning of those words for political gain or for ones on self beliefs takes a treasonous despicable low life.
It is clear that the whole Fourteenth Amendment is written about the responsibilities of the individual states and not the responsibility of any branch of the Federal Government.
"Boundaries being tested" is an interesting article from The Associated Press appearing in the Feb. 4 edition of The Daily News. A sentence that caught my eye was "How far can states go in restricting abortion in the interest of preserving and promoting fetal life?" When the Fourteenth Amendment protects the deprivation of life by any State it doesn't differentiate between fetal life, infant life, adolescent life, or adult life.
States are now playing political games with the abortion issue by trying to pass bills that limit abortions anywhere from six weeks (when a heartbeat can be detected) to twenty weeks. They need to answer the question of why a fetus magically has a life after a certain amount of time during fetal life. Some states seem to be worried about when a fetus can feel pain with no regard for life. The Supreme Court of 1973 pretended not to know when life begins when they illegally made up their own abortion decision through due process of the law when they had no law to base their decision on.
This news article mentioned Robin Utz of St. Louis who was in her 21st week of pregnancy when she found out her baby would be born with a fatal kidney disease. I believe she made the right decision to have an abortion this late in her pregnancy. I think at least 90 percent of people would say they wouldn't want to be brought into the world under those circumstances. It takes good common sense to rule in special cases but that is where the problem lies, most abortions are due to a lack of common sense.
Tony Bryan, Jacksonville