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Letter to the Editor: Personal amendment unconstitutional

Hannah Gross and Genie Leslie

To The Editor:

In response to Isaac Lichlyter’s October 8th editorial, we would like to point out some flaws in his argument.

His opening comparison of two-year-old children to unborn fetuses is somewhat absurd.

In his opinion, it may be the case that a fetus at any developing stage is just as much of a person as a two-year-old, but that’s just what it is: his opinion.

Opinion is not fact and should not be treated as such, especially when one is attacking another for imposing their own opinion on others, which in this case is an unjustified attack.

Isaac Lichlyter states of Lily Axelrod that “despite her rhetoric about keeping your beliefs on life private, it is her definition which she expects the government to enforce.”

In fact, Axelrod’s editorial was not arguing for or against her personal beliefs on abortion and other controversial rights; she was arguing against the elimination of abortion, contraception and stem cell research as legal, available options for individual choice, which is what the Personhood Amendment aims to do.

We believe her point was that with no scientific evidence as to when personhood begins, it is up to the individual to develop her own opinions and make her own decision.

We would like to point out that this is in keeping with the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade in 1973: “We need not resolve the difficult question of when life begins. When those trained in the respective disciplines of medicine, philosophy and theology are unable to arrive at any consensus, the judiciary, at this point in the development of man’s knowledge, is not in a position to speculate as to the answer.”

The Supreme Court explicitly pointed out that the government is not in a position to determine human viability and cannot therefore create laws based upon speculation. Just as the government cannot force women to have abortions or use contraception, they also cannot deny women the right to choose to do so.

Hannah Gross and Genie Leslie