Besides raising five boys, my mother gave birth prematurely to a baby girl. She was given a name, birth certificate, and appropriate burial. My mother also had miscarriages. The fetuses were not named or buried. A fetus was not legally defined as a child.
Those on the religious right is working to overturn Roe v. Wade, including redefining a fetus as a child from the time of conception. If they get their way, a miscarriage would represent the death of a child. Would it require an investigation to determine who was responsible? Was the “mother” abusing drugs or alcohol? Was the “father” abusive? Was the health care provider responsible? Did the “mother” have an abortion and commit murder? Should she be jailed?
A July 11 letter (Reader’s View: “Most fundamental right is right to life”) identified why the Republican Party supports overturning Roe v. Wade. The letter questioned how 45 percent of Catholics could vote for Hillary Clinton for president, who favored doing away with some babies when President Donald Trump was against abortion. The truth is Clinton never favored killing babies. She supported the rights provided under Roe v. Wade.
If the law is changed, women with the means may relocate to more progressive countries while others will attempt abortions unassisted by a health care provider. Some will die, and others may be jailed. The Founders were concerned over the influence of religion on our secular government. Overturning Roe v. Wade would have a significant negative impact on the U.S.
Knowing the history of the Republican Party in restricting women’s rights, voting rights, and access to health care, together with Trump’s extremely unethical behavior, including requesting help from Russia to win the election, I find it hard to understand how thinking adults could vote Republican.