Privacy rights are really at risk
Since the right to privacy clause was added to the Florida Constitution in 1980, citizens have been protected from political interference in private matters, including access to abortion. Legislators and activists who oppose abortion rights have been trying to weaken or eliminate the privacy clause ever since and the latest effort is the rush to pass legislation requiring parental consent for abortion. In addition to endangering already at-risk young people, this legislation is just the first step in a much larger plan to have our constitutional right to privacy re-interpreted to no longer safeguard access to abortion. What other areas of privacy might be re-interpreted next?
Judy Gallizzi, St. Petersburg
Natural law as pro-life
President Donald Trump said, “Together, we must protect, cherish and defend the dignity and the sanctity of every human life.” The late Jérôme Lejeune was a great humanitarian, a French pediatrician and geneticist who discovered the chromosome abnormality in humans that causes Down syndrome. He defined four pro-life terms within the natural law: “Contraception is to make love without a child. Artificial fertilization is to make a child without making love. Abortion is to unmake the child. Pornography is to unmake love. All of these, to varying degrees, are incompatible with natural law.”
Dale Kimball, Wesley Chapel
Supporting life after birth
I understand the passion people like state Sen. Kelli Stargel have for the “unborn,” but many of their other policy positions don’t do much to support babies once the fetus becomes an infant. Poor, unwed mothers who decide to carry their pregnancies to term will likely need Medicaid, food stamps and other forms of public aid that conservatives are opposed to expanding and, often, have tried to cut. There’s a huge difference between being “pro-birth” and “pro-life.” If these anti-abortion proposals become law, I would like to hear how they plan to help the “newborn.”
Joseph Brown, Tampa
Popular vote, electoral vote
Defense: no evidence | Jan. 26
During the impeachment trial on Saturday one member of President Donald Trump’s team accused the House managers of wanting to deny the will of the voters. If he was speaking of the 2016 presidential election, the will of the majority favored Hillary Clinton. The antiquated Electoral College gave the presidency to the candidate chosen by a minority of voters.
Rod Palmateer, Clearwater
Find it on a map
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly into another room after an interview and bullied the Harvard graduate (with a master’s degree in European studies from Cambridge) into identifying Ukraine on a map. My question is, did he ever ask the same question of the president?
Ann Jamieson, St. Petersburg