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Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 12:16 am

Editor:

The U.S. Supreme Court in the 1973 landmark case of Roe v. Wade ruled the following:

1. A woman has the right to an abortion within the first trimester (first three months of pregnancy).

2. Abortions may be prohibited, if a state has a compelling interest to protect a woman's health or life.

3. Abortions may be prohibited, if a state has a compelling interest to protect the potentiality of life or viability of the fetus (unborn child).

Under Roe's guidelines, the woman's health exception includes several reasons such as physical, emotional, psychological, familial and the woman's age to be taken into consideration in order to consider an abortion after the first trimester.

During 2019, the state of New York passed the Reproductive Health Act, a law that allows:

1. Abortions legal up to 24 weeks of pregnancy.

2. Abortions at any time necessary to protect a woman's health or life.

3. Moves the abortion law from the state's penal code to the state health code (abortion after 24 weeks is not a crime).

4. Besides doctors, it allows midwives and physician assistants to administer abortion-inducing drugs.

Under this state law's woman's health exception, it allows the pregnant woman and her doctor to decide if an abortion can take place after the first trimester. It also defines a "person" as a "human being who has been born and is alive." "This removes the recognition of "personhood" from the unborn.

As you might have guessed, pro-choicers love this law, while pro-lifers hate it.

Silvestre Moreno Jr.

Mercedes 

RGV veterans garner praise

Editor:

I nominate all the RGV veterans from all wars and all branches and services for Citizens of the Century. They stood when others didn’t, and more importantly they gave us what we all enjoy.

Aye, even the ones who do and say stupid things.

My thanks to all my brothers-in-arms, especially to the fallen ones. RIP and Godspeed. Thank you and God bless.

Armando Alvear

Brownsville

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