I recently posed three questions to an area state representative who voted in favor of the abortion bills now stalled in the state Senate.

First, to those who say abortion should be allowed to protect a mother’s health, I ask, “Do you know any mother who would not lay down her life for one of her children?” Not too long ago I heard a pediatric surgeon say there is no medical condition today that requires taking the life of an in utero infant to save the life of its mother.

Next, with regard to the “rape or incest” argument, do those words appear anywhere in the Roe v. Wade decision? (They do in Doe v. Bolton but not in Roe.) The penalty for rape or incest for the perpetrator is not the death sentence. Should it be for the child in the instance when a pregnancy occurs?

Finally, in response to the “abortion is a right” discussion I ask where does such a right appear? Justice Harry Blackmun, writing his first-ever opinion for the majority, could only find it “in the penumbra of the Constitution.” Most people, I will bet, do not even know what a penumbra is.

Oh, one more: If a drunk driver causes a car crash, should that person be charged with the death of an “unborn child” if its mother was driving to Planned Parenthood for an abortion when the accident occurred?

Just asking.

Richard J. August

North Kingstown

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