Mar­riage, abor­tion and US elec­tion

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION&COMMENTARY -

THE EDI­TOR, Sir: IT IS ev­i­dent that many per­sons find the per­son­al­ity of both can­di­dates for the US pres­i­den­tial elec­tion a bit toxic. Don­ald Trump is seen as bom­bas­tic, while oth­ers ques­tion Hil­lary Clin­ton’s hon­esty. Some Americans have de­cided to look be­yond the can­di­dates’ per­son­al­i­ties and are now fo­cus­ing on their re­spec­tive party’s 2016 plat­form as per be­low:


Repub­li­cans (pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee – Don­ald Trump)

Tra­di­tional mar­riage and fam­ily are based on mar­riage be­tween one man and one woman. It is the foun­da­tion for a free so­ci­ety and has, for mil­len­nia, been en­trusted with rear­ing chil­dren and in­still­ing cul­tural val­ues.

Democrats (pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee – Hil­lary Clin­ton)

Democrats ap­plaud last year’s de­ci­sion by the Supreme Court that recog­nised that LGBT peo­ple, like other Americans, have the right to marry the per­son they love.


Repub­li­cans: The Con­sti­tu­tion’s guar­an­tee that no one be de­prived of life, lib­erty or prop­erty de­lib­er­ately echoes the Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence’s procla­ma­tion that “all are en­dowed by their Cre­ator with the un­alien­able right to life”. Ac­cord­ingly, we as­sert the sanc­tify of hu­man life and af­firm that the un­born child has a fun­da­men­tal right to life that can­not be in­fringed. We sup­port a hu­man life amend­ment to the con­sti­tu­tion and leg­is­la­tion to make clear that the Four­teenth Amend­ment’s pro­tec­tions ap­ply to chil­dren be­fore birth. We op­pose the use of pub­lic funds to per­form or pro­mote abor­tion.


Democrats No men­tion of abor­tion rights is made in this year’s Demo­cratic plat­form.

How­ever, when the abor­tion is­sue came up in the third de­bate be­tween the two can­di­dates, Clin­ton did not dis­avow or ex­press any mis­giv­ings about par­tial birth abor­tion, while the other can­di­date ex­pressed strong dis­ap­proval. Par­tial birth abor­tion is usu­ally per­formed dur­ing the last trimester of ges­ta­tion, up to the ninth month. The baby is pulled into the birth canal. The baby’s body and feet are de­liv­ered first, but the baby’s head re­mains in the birth canal. A sharp ob­ject is then in­serted into the back of the baby’s head, then a vac­uum is in­serted, and the baby’s brain is sucked out. The head of the baby col­lapses at this point and the aborted baby is then de­liv­ered life­less.

These are some of the dif­fer­ences be­tween the two par­ties that are worth con­sid­er­ing as Americans go to the polls on Tues­day. All Ja­maicans are wish­ing for a peace­ful elec­tion. The re­sult of this elec­tion has world­wide im­pli­ca­tions. MARSHA THOMAS marsh­burns@hot­

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