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The Supreme Court as Putin

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Editor:

The U.S. Supreme Court just made a ruling that negates Roe v Wade and turns the matter of abortion back to the states ("After Roe," June 30). What has been accepted as the law of the land for nearly 40 years has been overturned.

What we have here is akin to Vladimir Putin's attack on Ukraine where the Supreme Court serves as Putin and women's bodies represent Ukraine. Putin decided that Ukraine should not have the political freedom it has enjoyed since the dissolution of the USSR in 1991. He sought a return to a more repressive Russian rule over Ukraine and so attacked in February.

Analogously, the Supreme Court felt the 14th Amendment's right to privacy did not extend the freedom of choice to women's reproductive lives. It was able to remove that freedom through its findings in the case of Dobbs v Jackson.

Just as Putin's attack has led Ukraine to turn to outside help for defense, many women will now need to turn to other states, such as California and Illinois, to exercise the reproductive freedoms the court has taken away.

Admittedly, unlike the fight for reproductive freedom, which has had a temporary setback, the war in Ukraine is still undecided. Regardless of this difference, to keep the world a freer place for all, we cannot let either Putin win. Instead, we need to continue to support both women and Ukraine in their struggles for freedom.

Sherman Schapiro, Eureka

Editor:

It's hard to determine whether it's more astonishing or terrifying to watch the U.S. Supreme Court becoming the Trump Court, pandering to the obscene objectives of Donald Trump. In the overturning of Roe v Wade, for example, the emphasis on pro-"life' versus aborting life only obfuscates the issue, creating concave and convex combinations of preferred perspective meant to deliberately distort the truth.

Why, for instance, is it pro-life and anti-abortion when the truth is it's anti-women and pro-choice? Choice — (even God, Supreme Court Justices might still attest, gave us that: Free Choice) — the choice for abortion rightfully belongs with the woman and with the support of her partner (in cases not involving rape or domestic abuse, of course) and with the advice of her doctor, and input from her spiritual advisor, and not the control of an extremist manipulated government.

And whatever happened to separation of church and state? Article Vl of the Constitution states in part, "all executive and judicial officers, both of the United States and of the several states, shall be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States." Well, so much for that. It all reverts back to Donald Trump and his ability to exploit misplaced fear of loss of male supremacy. I remember the observation at the end of Alistair Cooke's America program where he commented that America could continue to be a beacon of light in the world or go the way of Ancient Rome.

It's no small question whether Putin-admiring Donald Trump would be satisfied just being Caesar.

Patricia Lazaravich, Trinidad

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