McGuire off base with recent column


Sheila McGuire’s column dated July 23, “It simply must be said,” covers such a vast array of topics, it is difficult to know where to begin. Let me confine my comments to just a few of Ms. McGuire’s paragraphs.

First, she asserts that “the Constitution explicitly forbids the establishment of a religion that dictates the public sphere.” Really? What the U.S. Constitution actually says is that “Congress shall establish no religion.” However, the First Amendment to that same constitution guarantees freedom of religion, among other freedoms. Religion (referring to the Judeo-Christian underpinnings of our nation) is mentioned in virtually all state constitutions.

Abortion is a moral issue that currently appears in the platforms of both major political parties. Democrats officially favor a woman’s right to abort her unborn child. Republicans, by contrast, believe that every child has an inviolable right to life from conception. Party platforms constitute what each party considers timeless truths. It is a bit of a stretch to champion a woman’s “right to choose” and in the same breath claim not to be “pro-abortion.”

Ms. McGuire then asserts that some unnamed states’ draconian laws require rape victims to give birth but also require them to co-parent with their rapist. State law in every state sends rapists to prison, surely. If this dubious situation is true in some states (there was, in fact, one case in Michigan), it is definitely not so in Wyoming, which passed a statute earlier this year to prevent rapists from having any parental rights (

Both rape victims and babies that are conceived in rape need to be supported under the law and by the community.

Next, “Other legislation claims terminating a pregnancy is never a medical necessity and makes no exceptions.” This might very well be the case. However, Ms. McGuire chooses as her example an ectopic pregnancy. Anyone knows that ectopic pregnancies are tragic situations that cannot result in a healthy live birth and are also extremely dangerous to the mother. The standard treatment for ectopic pregnancy is not abortion but rather a procedure called salpingectomy.

Currently there is no way to save the life of the embryo, so this is an unfortunate outcome of saving the life of the mother. So the chosen example was faulty at best, simply playing into the writer’s prejudice.

Sheila Leach



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