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To the editor:
If the six Supreme Court justices who made the majority decision to overturn Roe v. Wade think that they have settled the issue once and for all, I suggest they consider the Dred Scott decision in 1857.
This decision of the then Chief Justice Roger B. Taney caused outrage and anger, further dividing an already divided nation.
I fear that the Roe decision will have the same consequences and further “stir up the crazies.”
Case in point, a GOP candidate for the Rhode Island legislature dropped out of the race when a viral video showed him punching out a Democratic rival at an abortion rights rally. I suggest a saner solution.
The mid-term elections are coming up, the solution is simple, rather than resort to violence just let democracy work.
If you aren’t already registered to vote, do so immediately, and then on election day make sure you do just that.
If you believe that women should be allowed to make their own reproductive choices, then support the candidates and the party that believes as you do.
For women, this is the most basic freedom and in countries like Saudi Arabia where this right does not exist, a woman’s only purpose is to bear sons.
For those who believe that the decision to overturn was the correct one, you have a heavy responsibility.
If you are truly pro-life, not just pro birth, then your obligation to protect that child does not stop with birth. It is only the beginning. Every child has the right to food, housing, education, clothing and medical care. I call on the Iowa legislature and Governor Reynolds to fulfill these obligations. There is a lot of work ahead of you.
In Iowa, 1 in 11 people face hunger, 1 in 8 are children. It is estimated that an additional $146,743,000 will be needed in food assistance this next year.
Free or reduced-price lunches help feed 188,486 thousand of Iowa’s children, yet schools struggle with how to pay for such enormous numbers. And, yes, I believe it is the responsibility of schools to feed children.
As a nation, we are not doing the best job in prenatal care, in 2020, the US. among 11 developed countries had the highest maternal mortality rate, a figure that is increasing. In 2018, the U.S. had an infant mortality rate of 5.60 as compared to Australia 3.1 and Canada 4.3.
Iowa does rank better at 4.3 infant deaths per 1,000 live births. To ensure that the preborn are cared for in the womb, more money needs to be spent on maternal care.