How to respond after Roe ruling
Here is some logic that should be applied to the Supreme Court's ruling on abortion ["Supreme Court overturns Roe; abortion bans allowed," News, June 25].
If women cannot have abortions, then: All women should be entitled to proper prenatal care and all babies entitled to proper medical care, nutritional resources and a good education.
And since all babies have two parents, if the woman was not a consenting partner, then: The baby must be tested for paternity; the father must be prosecuted for rape or incest; the father loses all paternal rights, except for financial obligations; and single mothers cannot be ostracized from jobs or community activities.
If doctors and medical staff can be jailed for performing abortions, then: The father must also be subject to be jailed, too.
If the mother does not want to raise the child, then: The child must be adopted by an anti-abortion activist unrelated to the father.
If all that equalization of responsibility seems too draconian, sex education and access to birth control are simpler alternatives.
Pat Garry, Medford
One male reader wrote, “There are many ways to prevent getting pregnant, and women who don’t want to be pregnant should use these preventive measures" [“Roe decision brings out emotions," Letters, June 27]. And another male reader wrote that a woman "can take control of [her] body and not get pregnant … it is a woman’s responsibility … you have the keys to the kingdom.”
When I read such misogynistic comments, I realize why we are where we are concerning this topic. How dare these men put all the responsibility on women alone. How dare they not even mention or refer to the males whose sperm causes a woman to be pregnant. Teen and adolescent girls are not using contraception when they are victims of incest. Raped women are not using contraception. And in consensual relations, it is the responsibility of both partners to discuss it. By the way, have these men ever heard of defective contraception? So women should continue with an unplanned pregnancy when both partners have made a decision beforehand? I’m sorry, but these men need to adjust their thinking.
Carolyn Jonas, Nesconset
Is it lack of self-control when a 13-year-old girl becomes pregnant as a result of incest or because she has been raped? Nowhere in these two letters is the responsibility of men mentioned. Can there really be such a thing as the Immaculate Conception?
Davida Kiernan, Syosset
One reader wrote that a 16-year-old girl should have self-control or birth control. What about that 16-year-old boy doing the same? Why should the girl be the responsible one and not the boy?
Kathleen Teleglow, Holbrook
The new abortion laws should include a clause mandating that the man involved in the unwanted pregnancy get a vasectomy and pay child support for that child until the age of 21. Men should be able to control their own bodies, too.
Denise Strothman, Massapequa
Two male readers actually had the gall to claim it’s the woman’s responsibility not to get pregnant. Are you kidding me? Maybe if they couldn’t take Viagra or Cialis, they couldn’t get a woman pregnant. So I think it’s high time Viagra and Cialis are banned.
Kitty Nelson, Huntington
Justice Clarence Thomas in a concurring opinion wrote that the court should also reconsider other precedents [“Fear more rights could be affected," News, June 25]. But they were decided, to some extent, by the same logic that Roe v. Wade was originally decided. Thomas cited the right for same sex-marriage, the right for couples to use contraception, and the right for same-sex activity.
Absent from his list was the 1967 case that set the precedent to allow interracial marriage. Shouldn’t interracial marriage have been on his list? I would think so, except Thomas is in an interracial marriage. Thomas apparently is letting his personal beliefs guide the cases the court should consider.
Farley Kamhi, Carle Place
I find it most interesting that a reader advised young girls having sex to use birth control. I guess he missed Justice Clarence Thomas' concurring opinion that the court could be reconsidering that, too.
Joe Squerciati, Hicksville
Justice Clarence Thomas seems to want the United States to return to interpreting the Constitution as the Founding Fathers wrote it. Does that mean slavery should be left up to the states, too?
E. Sue Blume, Freeport
Some Roman Catholics don't eat meat on Friday. Some Jews and most Muslims don't eat pork. Does this mean that nobody can have meat on Friday or a ham sandwich ever? Of course not. Nobody should be denied a medical procedure because somebody else doesn't believe in it. Why is this so hard for Americans to understand?
By the way, I have five children, so I understand the commitment one makes to have children. I also worked as a pediatric nurse, and I understand the suffering that unwanted children bear.
Judy Mediatore, Holbrook
Legalized abortion should always be made available for victims of rape, incest and women whose lives are at risk, but legalized abortion should not have been used as a form of birth control, especially in this age of "the pill," condoms, spermicide and diaphragms.
Regarding "my body, my choice," that choice was made when a female consented to having sexual relations with a male. That was the woman's choice with all of the potential consequences.
I believe that anyone convicted of rape or incest should be castrated as part of his sentence. And all males who have impregnated a woman should be legally responsible for financial support of that child until the child is 18.
Chuck Darling, South Setauket
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