Letter to the Editor: Vote ‘no’ on August 2

Dear Editor,

Webster’s dictionary defines “abortion” as “the spontaneous or premature expulsion of a fetus.” A septic uterus, or the absorption of pathogenic micro-organisms in the uterus harmful to fetus and female, can be corrected by an abortion or the pregnancy causes death. A miscarriage, or the release of a fetus from the uterus before it can sustain life, is an abortion or the expectant mother can die. An ectopic pregnancy, or the development of a fetus outside the uterus, often in the fallopian tube, is an abortion and the stillborn fetus can kill the mother-to-be—she will die. If an expectant female, whether a child, teen, or adult, cannot have medical treatments for these unsuccessful pregnancies, she can die. In other cases such as incest, rape, irresponsible sexual behaviors, drunkenness, lack of respect for self and/or a sexual partner, drug use—a myriad of offenses can result in an unwanted, un-prevented, and/or unhealthy situation for a female. Currently, the State of Kansas has laws that regulate safe procedures and practices to assist in the medical needs of females—regardless of age. For now, 1900s practices with clothes hangers, quacks, and back alley attempts to terminate pregnancies are not the standard. Changing the language of the Kansas Constitution or giving the legislature power to alter what is now lawful and healthy to a future that might not make allowances for individual circumstances of each female is a dangerous path. With a “yes” on the Aug. 2 ballot, first, women could have their personal individual rights, or autonomy, removed. Imagine NRA members denied their weapons, followed by the anti-maskers and anti-vaccinators being forced to comply. What will be the next steps? Men and women forced to serve in the military, or I cannot express my personal views without a penalty? Some who express the preamble to the U.S. Constitution to provide truths and the promise of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” emphasize “men” and unborn fetuses, but not females. To be protected under constitutional rights, fetuses must be born, not expected, on American soil or must apply for naturalization, at age 18 or older. Polls show a 60-40 percent ratio of Kansans favoring retaining the current practices without fear of reprisals. Vote “no” on Aug. 2; leave the Kansas Constitution intact for a future without harm to any Americans no more removal of personal freedoms.

JoLene Rae Bloom, Seneca

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