The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

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April 14, 2014

Readers' Forum 4-14 | A wonderful day for the kids

JOHNSTOWN — I would like to say job well-done to the students and staff of the Greater Johnstown School District for managing a wonderful event called Kiwanis/Key Club Pancake Day that took place on April 5 at Greater Johnstown High School.

Hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Johns-town, Greater Johnstown High School  Key Club, Greater Johnstown Middle School Builder’s Club and West Side’s K-Kids, the day included an egg hunt, face painting, kids’ games, crafts and a movie.

The food was excellent, and the kids had a great time.

Melanie Moore

Johnstown

Pro-choice movement only has one option

Forty-one years after the Roe vs. Wade decision legalizing abortion in the United States, there is much controversy over that ruling. Here are some points to consider:

-- By the mid-1990s, medical science declared unequivocally that human life begins at the fertilization of an ovum by a sperm cell, not at birth, as held by the Supreme Court decision of 1973. This should settle the issue of personhood.

-- A little-known aspect of Roe vs. Wade was the court’s disposition regarding “standing” and “mootness.” An appeal by Norma McCorvey (aka Jane Roe) was moot because she had given birth and could no longer be affected by the ruling. She also lacked standing, then, to argue the rights of other pregnant women. Hers was not an actual case of controversy, so any opinion issued by the Supreme Court would constitute an advisory opinion. The court decided to rule anyway.

-- Justice Byron White, in a dissenting opinion, wrote, “I find nothing in the language or history of the Constitution to support the court’s judgment.” He further criticized the court for involving itself by creating a constitutional barrier to state efforts to protect human life – he would have left this for the mothers and doctors to decide, following the laws already in place against abortion in all 50 states.

Today, the pro-life movement is concerned with helping pregnant women choose life with outreach programs such as Birthright, Mom’s House, the Gabriel Project and Rachel’s Vineyard. The other side offers nothing but abortion.

H. John Poole

Ebensburg

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