As election day draws near, there is one political hot potato that is getting limited attention. That is, what this election could mean for the fate of Roe v. Wade, which established a woman's legal right to choose back in 1973. President Obama has indicated that he supports Roe v. Wade and Governor Romney has indicated that he would essentially reverse Roe v. Wade. But if Governor Romney is elected President what is the likelihood of such reversal?
Perhaps noteworthy, is that in 1994 when Romney ran against Ed Kennedy for Senator in Massachussetts, he subscribed to a much different position on this issue. In order to underscore his now extinct support of Roe v. Wade, he referenced a young woman who was a close relative, who had died years before as a relut of complications from an illegal abortion. In our pre Roe v. Wade American history, women of means would simply travel to a state where abortion was legal to contend with an unwanted pregnancy. Women who lacked resources, would either be compelled to endure an unwanted or risky pregnacy, utilize dangerous self abortion techniques or turn to illegal and potentially unsafe providers. This all resulted in an alarming compromise to womens' health, privacy and equality.
Clearly this issue is one of personal opinion. Recently in the news, Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock stood up for his opinion in the matter. He did so by not backing down from his statement, that he believed that a pregnancy resultant from rape is something "that God intended to happen". President Obama found Mourdock's comment "outrageous and demeaning to women". Governor Romney responded by distancing himself from Mourdock, yet maintaining his endorsement for Mourdock and continuing to appear in commercials supporting Mourdock that are airing in Indiana.
While the purpose of this blog is not to sway people one way or the other, it is to underscore one of the many important issues at stake in the upcoming election. The right of each and every American to vote, is one that carries a lot of responsibility. It is not to be taken lightly and should not be discarded. However you may vote on Election Day, get out and cast your vote with pride and make sure that you are counted.
Long Island Lawyer
Paul A. Lauto, Esq.