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To the editor:

After reading Eric Meyer’s editorial regarding the proposed “Value Them Both” amendment, we came away confused.

The editorial covered such diverse subjects as religious morality, advertising money, Planned Parenthood, political parties 70 years ago, same sex marriage, and the Koch brothers. But actually, the amendment is really pretty simple.

In 2019, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled that abortion is a virtually unlimited and unrestricted right. This ruling effectively shut down our elected legislature from putting any restrictions on abortion, which is why we now have abortions up until the baby is born.

This 2019 ruling also allowed the laws regulating abortion clinics for safety, sanitation and inspections to be overturned, thus putting women’s health at risk.

The amendment is only two sentences long. The second sentence states, “To the extent permitted by the Constitution of the United States, the people, through their elected State representatives and State senators, may pass laws regarding abortion, including, but not limited to, laws that account for circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest, or circumstances of necessity to save the life of the mother.”

So to put this as simply as we can:

A “yes” vote means that through our elected legislators, the people of Kansas go back to having a voice in regulating abortion. A “no” vote means that we continue to have unrestricted abortions under unhealthy and unsanitary conditions. It means that unelected Supreme Court justices will continue to silence the voice of any Kansas resident on anything to do with abortion.

Greg and Rose Davidson
rural Marion

Last modified July 13, 2022

 

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