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Texas abortion law appears unconstitutional

Texas abortion law appears unconstitutional

To the Editor:

The anti-abortion law enacted by Texas appears strong and worrisome. But, is it really strong? This major question lingers: where will the “bounty money” come from?

The Fourteenth Amendment may be relevant. It states: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the protection of the laws.

Somewhere in the Fourteenth Amendment there must be a legal basis to challenge the Texas law. Read it once more. Then decide what you think about the law itself cast up against the Constitution. Each of us has feelings about the abortion controversy. But, we must follow the Constitution or amend it. 

Dave Waldrop 

Webster

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2 comments

  • What little guy? Oh, you mean that blob of tissue that it is at six weeks? And to hell with the woman, eh? She has no rights apparently. And that fetal "heartbeat" is a load of crap. There is some electrical activity that the machine picks up on, but no actual formed heart at that stage.
    We go to wars to defend our lifestyles, but women are just walking wombs, with no rights. And gee. if that little "guy" turns out to be a little "gal" she is nothing but a nothing, not a thing at all.
    Geez, when will this BS end?

    posted by Leslie

    Monday, 10/11/2021

  • ...And what of this little guy's right to life and liberty? https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2021/06/23/premature-baby-survive-birthday-record/

    posted by Mark

    Monday, 10/11/2021

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