Editor’s Note: The following is an OpEd on the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade on June 10 by Dr. Michael T. Goldstein M.D., J.D., who plans to primary fellow Jayme Stevenson, who received the Republican nomination to challenge Congressman Jim Himes, the incumbent Democrat representing the 4th District.
This morning (June 10) I read the entire opinion Dobbs et. Al v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization which overturned Roe v. Wade and Casey. In contrast to all the hype and hyperbole and soundbites, what the Court essentially said is that it was beyond their scope of power to make a decision on the abortion issue.
The Supreme Court determined in Dobbs that abortion is not a Constitutional right either under law nor by history and is not protected by the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment. Instead, the Supreme Court determined that it was up to the people through their legislators to decide the abortion issue.
This decision respects the 10th Amendment: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.
What this ruling and the 10th Amendment means is that the voters in every state can decide to pass their own abortion laws through their own state legislators.
In Connecticut, whether or not you agree with the state’s current abortion law, it is up to the Connecticut legislators and governor to decide. Dobbs has no impact on Connecticut’s abortion laws. As a voter, if you are not happy with the law then you should go to the polls this November and elect legislators and governors that share you viewpoint.
I think we need to look at the science and medicine today that did not exist at the time of Roe v. Wade. Regardless of whether you are pro-life or pro-choice there comes a time when a fetus is so developed and has taken on human form that it is cruel and inhumane to painfully abort it.
This should be the next step in sane abortion policy. As a physician I am also bound by the Hippocratic Oath which is first to do no harm and that must be taken into account.
We also have to remember, there is also freedom to travel which is not restricted. For those who want abortions in states where there are none, such citizens are free to travel to another state to obtain an abortion.
If you believe in democracy then you should believe that legislators make the law and judges interpret the law. That is what this is decision and our government is all about.
This ruling will not affect Connecticut residents unless you change it at the polls.
— Dr. Michael T. Goldstein M.D., J.D.