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Legacy of Roe v. Wade: does pregnant woman represent 1 life or 2?

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The Legacy of Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton

Does a pregnant woman represent one life or two?

The January 22, 1973, simultaneous sister Supreme Court rulings, Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton, based on a women's right to privacy, took away the personhood of the unborn and opened the door to unrestricted abortion on demand. At the same time the court dehumanized the unborn and took away their legal right to life and liberty. Roe petitioned for the right to first trimester abortions but the court voluntarily extended that right to a vague "viability" that they were unwilling to define. This was made moot because Doe, in effect, sanctioned abortion on demand at any time for any reason up to full term. This latter case law "full term" edict has been modified in certain cases by federal and state legislative action. Almost all of those who support unrestricted abortion on demand quote Roe as their case law authority and are not aware that it is Doe, not Roe, that gave the original full term authority. Liberal groups know quite well that the courts can and do override legislative action as well as the will of the people, and the courts are their weapon of choice.

The 14th Amendment states that any person under the jurisdiction of the United States cannot be denied life and liberty without due process of law and is also entitled to equal protection under the law. To circumvent these constitutional protections, the court has dehumanized the unborn and denied their God-given rights to life and liberty. Our nation's founding document singled out these two as our most important rights and identified our Creator as their source.

Justice Blackmun wrote into the majority opinion in Roe that the right to abortion collapses if the personhood of the unborn could be established. This is why pro-abortion advocates (our president included) and such liberal groups such as the ACLU and Planned Parenthood have fought tenaciously against ANY action leading to the recognition of the personhood and right to life and liberty for the unborn.

So does a pregnant woman represent one life or two? Most women pregnant with a WANTED child would say they are carrying a living human being, and would claim the right to life for their unborn child, their baby. They would also claim the right to legal protection for their unborn from harm by others during their pregnancy. The edicts of Roe and Doe preclude this right. Most women pregnant with an UNWANTED child would claim that the contents of their womb is just tissue with no right to life. This creates a paradox because the condition of a person being wanted or unwanted otherwise has no legal bearing in jurisprudence when another human is harmed or killed. After Roe and Doe, legal protection for the unborn, wanted or unwanted, from harm or extermination was non-existent because of the Supreme Court case law denial of personhood for the unborn. Here are two examples among many:

In Wisconsin, Tracy Marciniac was expecting delivery of a son, already named Zachariah, in five days. Her estranged husband assaulted her, causing the death of a perfectly formed full term baby boy. Her husband was convicted of assault on the mother, but was not punished for the death of the child (his son). In the eyes of the law, nobody died that night in Tracy's apartment; there was no murder. Zachariah was just non-human tissue with no right to life. There was no law to protect her unborn from harm or to protect Tracy's CHOICE to carry her pregnancy to full term. Tracy's ex-husband is up for parole in 2014 from the assault conviction.

In West Virginia, Christina Alberts was pregnant with her second child and was expecting a baby girl in about two weeks. She was shot and killed during a home invasion. The unborn baby girl, Ashley Nicole, perished along with her mother. The man who shot Christy was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murder of Christina but was not culpable for the death of Ashley Nicole. In fact, the jury was not allowed to be told that Christy was pregnant at the time of her death.

These two cases demonstrate the legacy of Roe and Doe Supreme Court case law that has dehumanized the unborn and ruled that they have no legal right to life.

Graphic pictures of Tracy with Zach in her arms at his funeral and Christina with Ashley beside her in their coffin were included with other evidence presented before Congress during the debates over the Federal Unborn Victims of Violence Act (passed in 2004 on the fourth try). The federal statute is valid within Federal jurisdiction ONLY and the U.S. military. The punishment for harming or killing the unborn is the same as if they are living, breathing human beings. Twenty-seven states to date have enacted statutes providing full legal protection for WANTED unborn children and nine states after "viability." Fourteen states have left the door open for anyone to injure or kill unborn children and escape culpability.

There are a number of similar cases but not enough space to present them here. Just one recent example: Kidnapper Ariel Castro pled guilty to the charges of AGGRAVATED MURDER for his assaults on Michelle Knight resulting in at least two miscarriages. He accepted life in prison without parole to escape a possible death sentence. He knew the Ohio statute had already passed a challenge in the courts that attempted to strike down the precept of human life in the womb and also knew that Ohio Attorney General Timothy McGinty was determined to uphold the law.

The Federal Unborn victims of Violence Act and the related state statutes clash directly in principle with Roe and Doe. The authority for termination of the unborn on demand is CASE LAW and the legal protection of the unborn from harm is LEGISLATED LAW. There have been a number of cases in states with protective statutes involving attacks on pregnant women resulting in death to their unborn children that have been tested in the courts. The cowards that assaulted the pregnant women tried to hide behind the dehumanizing principles of Roe and Doe. They claimed that since our Supreme Court has denied personhood to the unborn they should not be held responsible for killing tissue that is not a person. In each case the courts have denied their pleas and held them culpable the same as if they had killed a living, breathing human. Examples of this will have to wait until another time.

The principles of Roe and Doe case law dictate that the unborn are not human beings, do not have the right to life, and it leaves them legally unprotected from injury or death, wanted or not. In the absence of counter legislation this means under ANY circumstances, even when the mother has CHOSEN to carry her unborn to birth. The principles of the various unborn victims of violence acts grant personhood and protection by law for the right to life for the unborn. The opinions of women can be diametrically opposed on this issue and almost always depend on whether the unborn is wanted (a beloved child) or not wanted (a blob of disposable tissue).

George Brunstad


Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 August 2013 11:48

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Forest Society is living in glass house & should be careful with rocks

To The Daily Sun,

I had the pleasure recently to be present at the announcement by Northern Pass of the job creation fund for our region. This future benefit, in addition to the 1,200 construction jobs created, and the tax benefit to our local towns is reason enough for me to want to listen and work with Northern Pass on helping our region. As I have said in a prior letter to the editor, "we need business to invest in our region and replace some of the important tax revenue that was lost when the mills shut down."

This project is the first real potential boost to our region in the last decade. While at this event I had the opportunity to learn more about the Society for the Protection of N.H. Forests' (SPNHF) position on the Northern Pass and their teaming up with the small activist group called Bury Northern Pass. They cite the negative impact to the views and scenic scourge these towers would have on our region. This is pretty ironic, since SPNHF facilitated all of the wind towers on top of the mountains in Groton. Please recognize that these wind towers are 400 ft tall (24 of them). This is more than four times the height of the 95-ft. towers proposed by Northern Pass.

Where was SPNHF when Granite Reliable sited the 400-ft. towers in the Millsfield wind park? Perhaps they were silent because their friend, the Appalachian Mountain Club, cut the deal with Granite Reliable to get those 33 turbines sited?

Don't get me wrong, I think that groups such as SPNHF, AMC and Bury Northern Pass, have every right to express their opinions. However I hope that those reading this recognize the hypocrisy of SPNHF and AMC as it relates to high towers ruining the view shed. It seems to me that "it depends" upon what project you are talking about? For those of us that support economic development in OUR beautiful North Country I say ..."Don't throw stones if you live in a glass house!"

David Atkinson


Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 August 2013 11:42

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Real issue with Zimmerman case wasn't race, it was police inaction

To The Daily Sun,

I read your letter Mr. Martel and I felt compelled to answer.

First of all you don't seem to understand why the issue of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman ever took place. It had nothing to do with "white on black", "black on black", or "white on white" crime. In fact it had nothing to do with race until some media people made it such.
The issue from the start was why the Sanford Police did not detain Mr. Zimmerman and just took his words to be the truth and that he had, in fact, shot Trayvon in self defense. This police department did a shabby job gathering evidence, notifying the parents, interviewing witnesses, etc. I watched the entire trial and was surprised to find out all the mistakes this police department made.

As to the people you mentioned who had shot people. They are all in custody awaiting trials. They were arrested and these incidents were thoroughly investigated. George Zimmerman was free to walk around and nothing was done.

And the president was not involved in this case. The one and only reason this particular case got so much publicity is because the parents pushed for justice and answers. They were getting no results so asked for help from civil right Leaders. Public outcry, by people of many different complexions, generated an arrest and trial. The president has nothing to do with state and local courts. All you can fault him for is telling the truth. When asked how he felt about this he did say "if I had a son he would look like Trayvon". This was a true and accurate statement. Or have you forgotten the president has dark skin and so would his kids. So because he said this he was labeled as a race baiter.

You, like so many others, all jump to tie the president in to every issue and make him responsible for everything that goes wrong or you and others don't like. A tree could fall in your front yard and all the other president haters and I'll bet you, and they, would find a way to tie that to the president and make it his fault.

Nancy Parsons

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 August 2013 11:37

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Thanks for all your support of Faith, Hope & Love Foundation

To The Daily Sun,

The Faith Hope and Love Foundation would like to thank the Lakes Region for your continued support over the past seven years! Time and time again we are reminded of your generosity and compassion. A recent example of support comes from two local Lakes Region women now entering their senior year at Plymouth State University.

Suzanna Derynioski, and Kelsey Piper organized a dance show fundraiser where all proceeds from the show went to the Faith Hope and Love Foundation. The mission of FHL is to bring relief to children and youth suffering from poverty, hunger or homelessness and to bring them hope through faith and love, so they may accomplish all of their dreams. All proceeds from this dance show fundraiser will be going back out directly to the community to help those in need!

Derynioski and Piper planned and implemented the fundraiser for FHL with the help of local dancers Abby Bennett, Jessie Byram, Hannah Crosby, Suzanna Derynioski, Sarah Dubois, Jacqui Galea, Becky Gregoire, Ashley (White) Halsey, Paige Halsey, Bailey Hildrith, Kaitlyn Marcella, Rene Martinez, Nicole Newman, Kelsey Piper, Laura Scribner, Hannah Sullivan, Kira Szalma, Maggie Walker, Hannah Weller, Jessica White and Jackie Wright.

We also wanted to thank the following local businesses for sponsoring the show: Charles and Donna Hildrith, Attractive Landscapes, R.M. Piper, Inc. and The Cote Corporation.

We are so blessed to live in such a great community where people pull together to help those in need! Since 2006 we have been able to give out almost $20,000 to local children and youth for basic survival and enrichment needs as well as scholarships for higher learning. With our Gowns for Girls event you our amazing community have donated hundreds of prom dresses to help girls in need be able to attend prom. Over 600 girls have attended our event and gone to prom because of your donations!

Thank you for your continued support of our organization and we look forward to seeing you all at our fashion show fundraiser on October 19th in Gilford!

The Faith Hope and Love Foundation

Co-Founders Laura Brusseau & Jessica Dutille

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 August 2013 11:20

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Get off your pity potties & do something positive for a change

To The Daily Sun,

Why don't you guys get a life? Your negative diatribes are boring, and do not add anything to anyone's well being. Can't you find anything to be positive about? Have you ever done anything to help people whom you don't know to have a better life? Have you ever served on a committee that works to make our county, state or nation a better place for those without much money to live on? Your ill-informed attacks on the United Nations and all regulatory authorities are stupid. Regulations to protect us from pollution and rapacious billionaire business owners such as the Koch brothers are badly needed to deal with their ability to control our government with their wealth.

Have you ever volunteered for, or supported: Habitat for Humanity, Scouts, Soup Kitchens, Got Lunch, Boys and Girls Club, Hospital, Caregivers, Meals on Wheels, Mentoring programs, Saint Vincent DePaul, Food Pantry, Belknap County Nursing Home, or any of many other local organizations devoted to helping make our communities better places to live.

Get off your pity potties and do something positive for a change, and give us all break from your tiresome letters.

Kent Warner
Center Harbor

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 August 2013 11:15

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