Opinion | The which means of a lady’s proper to decide on


In her Could 4 op-ed, “Democrats have a message. Will they seize it?,” Karen Tumulty wrote that the query for the 2022 elections is whether or not voters want to give Republicans the reins to outlaw abortion, limit voting rights, ban books and airbrush racial historical past.

Republicans are engaged in a misguided effort to retreat 70 years (nearly a 3rd of this nation’s historical past) and return to the Fifties, when minorities knew their place.

That is decidedly not conservative; it’s reactionary.

I believed I had no phrases in regards to the leaked draft Supreme Court docket opinion. However I discovered a number of.

They need freedom of speech however provided that it’s their speech. They need freedom of faith however provided that it’s their faith. They need authorities out of their lives however wish to govern girls’s our bodies. They need regulation and order, however they suppose they’re above it. They need patriotism however received’t combat in opposition to insurrectionists. They need households first however solely their households.

All that has been gained over so a few years is being chipped away. Margaret Atwood was prophetic again in 1985. Sure, it may occur right here and now.

Susan Pfaff, Nags Head, N.C.

Relating to the Could 4 information article “Two GOP senators are on the defensive over their votes in assist of justices”:

Like Captain Renault within the film “Casablanca,” Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) is shocked (shocked!) to search out out that the Trump-appointed justices whom she voted to substantiate would return on their statements that Roe v. Wade is settled precedent. What did she anticipate? Within the 2016 presidential marketing campaign, Donald Trump promised his supporters that the reversal of Roe “will occur, mechanically” if he had been elected and had the chance to nominate justices. Moreover, his nominees appear to have been handpicked by the Federalist Society, a conservative group that favors returning as a lot energy as potential to the states.

Ms. Collins claims to be pro-choice. If the leaked draft opinion from the Supreme Court docket is any indication of the ultimate ruling, alternative will probably be taken from girls dwelling in lots of states. Draconian set off legal guidelines in some states would prohibit abortion even within the instances of rape or incest.

I hope Ms. Collins can stay with herself, though I don’t see how that’s potential.

Susan Weinmann, Rockville

However the eloquence of the language that George F. Will brings to his writing, I used to be gobsmacked within the third paragraph of his Could 4 op-ed concerning the leak of the Alito draft opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade, “Alito’s draft is much less a refutation of Roe than a beginning over.” I may settle for Mr. Will’s reference to the “stench within the constructing” that will be left from the leaker’s motion. Nevertheless, evaluating the early launch of a draft doc to the horrific motion of a traitorous Jan. 6 mob was past the pale. Apart from, to these paying consideration, this doc is extra Captain Apparent than a shock.

Traditionally, most improper disclosures of paperwork have been fairly revelatory, of nice second and helpful in the long term. I consider the Pentagon Papers, Watergate and, most not too long ago, the courageous whistleblowers reminiscent of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, whose divulging of fabric led to the primary impeachment of President Donald Trump. The actions of these public servants weren’t harmful to others, for under they had been in danger.

Although Mr. Will may not agree, The Publish and I consider that “Democracy Dies in Darkness.”

George F. Will wrote that “the individual … who leaked the draft Supreme Court docket opinion … betrayed the belief of those that gave her or him entry to Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr.’s draft opinion overturning Roe” and “in all probability bought right into a place to commit this notorious betrayal by swearing by no means to do such a factor.”

Supreme Court docket Justices Neil M. Gorsuch, Brett M. Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett did basically the identical factor because the leaker. Justices Gorsuch, Kavanaugh and Barrett speciously said in quite a lot of methods beneath oath throughout their affirmation hearings that they understood Roe to be “settled regulation” or different phrases to that impact. That the authorized definition of “settled regulation” has since come beneath scrutiny makes the statements no much less specious.

Their statements resulted in them now being ready to commit this notorious betrayal of senators who, primarily based on these specious statements, voted to substantiate their nominations to the Supreme Court docket.

There’s nonetheless time for Justices Gorsuch, Kavanaugh and Barrett to set a extra trustworthy and honorable instance by refusing to betray the senators who unwittingly voted for his or her affirmation, the American individuals and U.S. establishments. To take action they need to permit Roe to stay regulation.

Teri Simpson Lojewski, Berlin, Md.

As a relinquished and adopted grownup, I can testify that adoption is not any answer for banning abortion. Adoption is painful and complex at greatest. Most of our moms had been poor and/or single girls dwelling in societies that deserted and ostracized them. Higher options embody supporting a lady’s proper to decide on abortion, offering reasonably priced youngster care and early-childhood training and reinstating the kid tax credit score. This might flip the “proper to life” into the “proper to stay.”

Nicole Burton, Riverdale Park

The irony of the Supreme Court docket’s dismay over the breach of its privateness — a few judicial opinion affecting the privateness of thousands and thousands of People if Roe v. Wade is overturned [“Supreme Court will investigate leaked draft of abortion opinion,” front page, May 4] — can’t be overstated.

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