The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

May 17, 2013

Readers' Forum 5-17 | Abortion undermines stability of society

Submitted by Readers

— Why is there so much violence in our society today? Let’s answer that with another question.

Who conferred the right on a woman to determine whether the child conceived in her womb is human or not? If she decides to keep the child, the child is human and has every right as the person. But, if she decides at any time, through the nine months of gestation, that she does not want the child, suddenly the baby becomes an “it,” not worthy of protection under the law.

From my research, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court rulings of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton inferred this power on the pregnant woman. These rulings legalized abortion through all nine months.

Judge Harry Blackmun wrote the majority opinion, saying the court would not rule on the person issue of the unborn child.

However, the impact that these decisions made gave the expectant woman the right to determine the unborn child’s worth, whether the child would live or die.

The so-called right to abortion is felonious, erroneous, malicious and totally dangerous to the stability of society. It has led to an increase in violence by degrading the dignity of the human person – making the child’s value dependent on the mother’s feelings.

Let us as individuals come together and challenge these Supreme Court rulings. They are unconstitutional and against natural law and reason. Once these rulings are reversed, we then can take a great leap toward ending violence in our society.

Ann E. Poole


Toomey should back immigration reform

I was pleasantly surprised when I learned that a bipartisan group of senators came together to create a new plan for comprehensive immigration reform. This approach is different than previously proposed immigration legislation – it’s better and it will finally set our country on the right path to creating a real solution to a growing problem.

The policies proposed will secure our borders and provide a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented currently living across the U.S. by requiring these immigrants to register into the system, pay their fair share of taxes and contribute to Social Security and Medicare.

That’s good news for our economy and for our national security as well.

I urge Sen. Pat Toomey to embrace this legislation and join with the growing group of senators who are throwing their support behind this plan.

This is what we need in Pennsylvania, and throughout our great country.

Naysa Woomer


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