Regarding the June 25 article “Roe v. Wade invalidated”: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has often said that American law should not be made by the nine men and women in black robes. This task belongs exclusively to the elected members of the Congress. Sadly, that’s exactly what happened 49 years ago when the Burger court entrenched the right to abortion in the Constitution.
This Supreme Court righted that wrong by striking down Roe v. Wade. It was a bold and courageous move given that so many people believe abortion is somehow enshrined in the constitution. This was never the case and the matter is now resolved. Abortion has not been banned by the courts. In Connecticut, nothing has changed. Right or wrong, abortion is legal in this state. The twisting hands of Ned Lamont, Richard Blumenthal, Chris Murphy and William Tong is political theater. If the American people want abortion to be enshrined in law, they should urge their elected representatives to make it happen. In the meantime, we should honor the extraordinary wisdom of Justice Scalia and keep legislative activity out of the courts.
Kenneth L. Boudreau, Farmington
It never crossed my mind to get an abortion, and I’ve never been in a position where I felt the need to have one. And I thank God for that. However, I believe we all have the right to make decisions for our own bodies. As we mourn the loss of our rights to choose for ourselves, I would like to pose the following questions to those celebrating:
I hear you say you want to protect the unborn child. What happens when the child you want to protect is outside the womb, will you buy milk, diapers, clothes or take care of the child when the mother suffers from postpartum depression? partum and have suicidal thoughts? I am a mother of one and grandmother of three lovely grandchildren and for me June 24th was a very sad day in America.
Lela Murphy, Manchester
A few weeks ago, when I read Christopher Arnott’s review of Goodspeed’s production of “Cabaret,” I hoped he was being overly critical. Well, he wasn’t. It was a pale and disappointing production; a real disappointment. It was sad to see all that talent on stage overshadowed by the director’s choices. Theater critics will certainly watch a production more closely than most of us theatergoers, and I don’t always agree with critics, but I appreciate its educated and honest take on the theatrical scene. Mr. Arnott has been part of the Connecticut art scene for decades and knows what he’s talking about.
Alison Farrell, East Haven
I don’t know what theater Christopher Arnott was sitting in when he wrote his review of Hartford Stage’s ‘Kiss My Aztec’! It was definitely not the one I attended where over 400 people laughed loudly, clapped spontaneously and had a wonderful time together. Isn’t that the goal of theatre?
Barbara Brezel, South Windsor
Christopher Arnott’s June 25 review of “Hamilton” is superb. This production is not to be missed.
Bob Hall, West Hartford
Abortion rights are under threat due to a decades-long deliberate takeover of the Supreme Court by powerful right-wing extremists. We witness the climax of this takeover as it toppled Roe v. Wade. It opens the door for states to ban abortion and takes us back to a time when women were forced into unwanted pregnancies, potentially putting their health at risk and harming their ability to support their families. But it is possible to repair this damage. The Judiciary Act would add four seats, restoring balance to the Supreme Court. This is the solution that, according to recent polls, is supported by the majority of Americans, and it is what we need to move away from partisan decisions that dismantle our rights and freedoms. And it has already been done. In fact, Congress has changed the size of the Supreme Court seven times in our country’s history. It’s time to do it again. I urge Congress to pass the Courts Act of 2021 to ensure that we protect our fundamental freedoms and restore balance to our courts now.
Gerald Otte, East Hartford