The hypocrisy of Republicans like Carter
The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act recently passed by Congress dramatizes the hypocrisy of Republicans, including that of the 1st District’s Rep. Carter. He is one of the 198 who voted against the passage of this gun safety bill. Yet he spouts off about the sanctity of life - "life wins,” he declared after the overturning of Roe - except when protection from guns is at stake.
The contorted Second Amendment and the extreme right-to-birth now rule the land. These regressive actions are nothing short of anti-women and children. Like the radical Supreme Court, Carter is out of step with the voters of the 1st District. He defies the vast majority of us who favor the 49-year Roe precedent and the sensible regulation of access to guns.
As one who opposed certification of the 2020 presidential election results, then favored the states on abortion but not on guns, Carter’s hypocrisy is in the Republican mainstream. He and his party deserve defeat in November. Send a message: this is the 21st century, not the 19th.
Daryl Chubin, Savannah
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Senate needs to codify abortion access
Access to safe and legal abortion had been acknowledged as the law of the land since 1973. After it has also recently made deadly firearms more easily carried, the U.S. Supreme Court appears to have now nullified the right to abortion by overturning Roe v. Wade, this court's previously tolerant ruling on this choice.
Earlier this year the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would make all legalized abortions actual law and protect the right to choose for women nationwide.
We must now urgently push for a U.S. Senate vote to also vote "yes" on this same law. We must not let any woman's legitimate choice not be realized. We should permanently codify the right to choose to have an abortion at any stage and for any reason.
Fred Nadelman, Savannah
Supreme Court is a politicized body
The USA has political royalty in terms of the high court, as they leave only through elective retirement or death. And their rulings change the lives of all citizens. The decision to nullify the gun rules of New York means that gun owners have more rights than ordinary citizens in terms of safety, despite four weekends straight where mass shootings occurred. So the courts have deemed that the state's restrictions for gun owners were unconstitutional.
The court has now ruled, however, that women's reproductive health decisions can and must be legislated by the states. With these two rulings, the rights of all women are curtailed, as are those who feel that they want to live in a society where their safety is ensured, even if they do not tote a gun. The persons with the most freedom are evangelical men who support open carry laws. If your religious beliefs are not in accordance with the religious right, we are compelled to follow their tenets anyway.
The Supreme Court is clearly a politicized body and veering sharply to the right. When large portions of our citizenry are seen as less important in terms of rights to self-determination and privacy, we as a society are playing with fire.
Marion Marsh Nesterenko, Savannah
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Personhood does not start at birth
The U.S. is two-faced. We berate other countries for the lack of women's rights while at home, we now deprive women of the fundamental right to control their own bodies and future.
The basis of this is the religious beliefs of the majority of SCOTUS that a person exists upon conception and is thus protected under the Constitution. This is contrary to the Constitution.
The Constitution calls for a census to determine the number of persons living in each household. In the 220 years of the census taking, it was never asked whether there were any pregnant women in the household. Ergo, an embryo or fetus was not considered to be a person protected under the Constitution. Further, it grants citizenship to those born in the U.S., no such right is given to those conceived in the U.S.
Also, the minimum ages to hold various elected offices is measured from birth, not conception. Moreover, the First Amendment prevents the government from acting in a manner to gives preference to the beliefs of one religious group to the detriment of the beliefs of others.
Joel Spivak, Savannah
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This article originally appeared on Savannah Morning News: Letters: Supreme Court wrong on abortion rights, gun control laws