To The Daily Sun,
Those who support a woman's right to choose to terminate her pregnancy on demand have consistently claimed that those who support a right to life for the unborn are waging a war on women. This battle cry has been forwarded by rank-and-file supporters of abortion, as well as such liberal groups as Planned Parenthood and the ACLU. It continues to be echoed unabated by the liberal media and in the political arena. One cannot escape noticing that this concept has been a war cry of the majority of the Democratic Party and has powerful support from our president
A real war has casualties. Many casualties. Since the Roe and Doe decisions were handed down by the Supreme Court, there have been approximately 56 million abortions in the U.S., terminating the lives of the most helpless of human life. About 28 million of these would have been little girls which in time would have become women. This is part (but not the only part) of the true war on females and women with real and palpable casualties. This means that a mother's womb is the most dangerous place for human life in America today. Each child alive today on average has been subjected to a dangerous game of four-chambered Russian Roulette. Out of every three children born alive, another life has been willfully terminated by abortion. This is a high percentage fatal gauntlet each person born since 1973 has faced and been fortunate enough to survive. The most dangerous weapons threatening life in America today are not guns or knives or any other weapon you normally might think of, but instead they are the abortionist's lethal tools.
Ah, but those of you cherishing the principles of Roe and Doe reject the above reasoning because the Supreme Court in its supreme wisdom has denied the personhood and right to life of the unborn. This dehumanization of the unborn has been necessary for the court to dance around the fundamental protections of life and liberty guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment. So you can say there have been no human deaths among the 56 million abortions if you base your opinion on the case law precedents of Roe and Doe. But the battle does not end there. Not by any means. By dehumanizing the unborn and stripping them of their right to life, the Supreme Court by case law precedent also left the door wide open for anyone to cause the death of an unborn child and escape culpability.
In Maine in 2003, Heather Fleigelman and unborn son Jonah (ninth months) were killed when Heather was stabbed numerous times during a rage by her husband. Her husband was convicted of murder for killing his wife but was NOT culpable for the death of his son. In the eyes of the law (Roe and Doe case law precedent), he had no son. The growth in Heather's womb was non-human and had no right to life. But the four family cats that Heather's husband killed in his rage were protected with up to one year in prison for each cat killed. In the eyes of the law, the cats had a value, Jonah had none. Nada. Zilch! The dictates of Roe and Doe WAGE A WAR against a woman's right to CHOOSE to carry her pregnancy to birth and have constitutional protective laws providing punishment for anyone causing injury or death to her unborn.
In my letters to The Sun published on August 8 and 29, I described at length the brutal attack in Wisconsin in 1992 on a pregnant Tracy Marciniak by her husband resulting in the death of her (and his) full-term son, Zachariah. Tracy's husband was not held responsible for the death of his son (by court standards, just non-human disposable tissue). Her husband was convicted of the assault on his wife (Tracy survived) but is due for parole in 2014. I also related the fatal shooting of Christina Alberts in West Virginia in 1998 during a home invasion, causing the death of Christy's unborn daughter, Ashley. Christy's shooter is serving a life sentence for her murder, but the jury was not allowed to be told that she was pregnant. Killing Christy's full-term daughter was not a punishable offense. These examples represent A PALPABLE ROE AND DOE INDUCED WAR ON WOMEN and are a BRUTAL INSULT AND INJUSTICE to the memory of the mothers, their unborn children and the families involved.
These two examples plus the testimony of others before Congress finally resulted in the federal Unborn Victims of Violence Act in 2004 on the fourth try (applicable under federal jurisdiction and the U.S. Military). Similar state statutes have been enacted both prior to the federal statute and subsequently. Supreme Court and lower case law rulings have affirmed these protective statutes which recognize the personhood and right to life of the unborn, directly opposing the principles of Roe and Doe. But these LEGISLATED statutes have come into existence only after backlash from numerous grossly unjust court rulings and over determined opposition from Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, liberal pro-abortion federal and state legislators, and rank-and file supporters of Roe (most have no clue about Doe). The principle of recognizing the unborn as a live human being with a right to life is now applied in 36 states; 27 in full (ANY stage of gestation) and nine in part (later stages of gestation). The many court case examples of how these statutes have been applied will have to wait for another time. But within the jurisdiction of 14 states, the unborn still have no rights if they are injured or killed by a violent act perpetrated against the mother. Maine and New Hampshire are two of these states.