Remove courts from abortion debate

July 29, 2018 GMT

With President Trump’s newest appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, the political Left is up in arms again (ironic given their stance on the Second Amendment).

Their newest battle cry is the court is going to overturn Roe vs. Wade.

What would actually happen if Roe were to be overturned?

First, it would remove the courts from the abortion debate. This is a good thing. Abortion is a political issue, not a judicial one. Roe was decided by seven unelected judges. An issue like this needs to be fought in the political realm.

Secondly, it would not outlaw abortion. It would simply release the matter to individual states. This would be in line with the Constitution and our Founding principles. Our Founders outlined the role of the federal government in Article 1, Section 8 and deliberately left matters not referenced here to the states in the 10th Amendment: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

While I am pro-life, I support our Constitution first. The problem with abortion, like other hot political issues, is both sides use it to advance their agenda.

We need to have an open and honest discussion about this issue and it starts by removing it from the courts.

We need to have a discussion in Connecticut about how the law allows minor children to have an abortion without her parents knowing, let alone consenting. There are very real issues with child trafficking and statutory rape.

And yes, it offends me that the abortion business stands against reasonable laws that need to be in place to protect victims of trafficking and predators.

If you invest some time in reviewing polling on abortion, a very large number of people who identify as pro-choice support laws like parental consent, or at least notification, limitations after 18 weeks where you can know your child’s sex beyond where it can be changed.

It is time we go back to talking to each other and if abortion is such a great idea, then convince me of it via thoughts and rational ideas. You can do so in this publication.

The only benefactors of unelected and unaccountable judges making laws like Roe v Wade are people who support ideas that will not win in the realm of free ideas.

Sean Murphy is a resident of Newtown.