Letters to the Editor

Letter: Abortion politics

Donald Mitchell, in his recent commentary (July 24), “reasoned” the answer to a youth mental health crisis is abortion — to kill the fetus in the womb. Really.

Mr. Mitchell seemed to argue that children born in poverty or under trying circumstances are not worth being allowed the opportunity to make a living and contribute to society, nor is the child’s life worth as much as the inconvenience to their mother carrying them to viability. Talk about privilege!

What the government gives, the government can take away. The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled, in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, that the Constitution did not give the federal government the authority to permit or deny women the option of ending their pregnancy in utero. Does anyone really believe that the 14th Amendment, passed in 1866, intended the word liberty to include this right?

Our Declaration of Independence declared that everyone has the inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Our Constitution established a federal government and limited its powers, reserving all powers not granted to the federal government to the individual states. The Constitution did not give the federal government the right to deprive unborn children of life, neither for the convenience of the mother nor for any other reason. The state legislatures can make legal or make unlawful the killing of innocent children, just as they can criminalize the killing of innocent adults or driving under the influence. Mr. Mitchell seems to think that is a bad idea.

— Marvin Dean Cox

Eagle River

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