Friday, May 24

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Saving Grace

Forty years ago, a Republican President nominated the first woman as an associate justice to the U.S. Supreme Court. Sandra Day O’Connor took an oath of office affirming to defend and protect the Constitution of the United States, a document defining America’s democracy, thus making us a country of laws.

I have repeatedly searched the U.S. Constitution to find reference to God and Jesus. Some pro-life supporters are attempting to put the rule of church, specifically Christianity, into the constitution. It may have been true that those who designed our constitution may have worshipped that choice of faith, however, they were wise to give everyone the freedom to decide their personal spirituality.

Sandra Day O’Connor defended Roe v. Wade. She put aside her religious faith to honor her oath of office. She put aside her personal choice to honor the choice of others.

The current Supreme Court voted 6-3 to overturn Roe v. Wade, essentially a “prohibition” on women’s health. In the early 1900’s, another type of “prohibition” was put into law. 

That law created such a high level of protest and crime, the 21st Amendment was added to the constitution allowing the legal sale of alcoholic beverages, an issue of economics.

The six Supreme Court justices disgraced their oath of office, disgraced the wisdom of one of their own, Sandra Day O’Connor, and those who created our constitution. A reversing of this decision would be a saving grace important to the freedoms afforded us by law.

Robin Durrance

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