Teach­ing men, women truth about abor­tion would help

The Buffalo News - - OPINION - James Weig Ton­awanda Thomas A. St­ef­fan, Esq. Clarence

A let­ter in the Feb. 21 news­pa­per ar­gues that men have no right to ex­press their opin­ion about abor­tion. I am the proud fa­ther of two sons and two daugh­ters, and was an equal part­ner in all as­pects of their care and sup­port. My fa­ther was an ob­ste­tri­cian who de­liv­ered more than 20,000 chil­dren. He helped dozens of fam­i­lies achieve the gift of adop­tion.

I dis­agree with the pro-choice move­ment on three im­por­tant is­sues. First, there is no ques­tion that the fe­tus is an un­born child that is fully vi­able. If the un­born child were not alive, there would be no need for an abor­tion to end his/her life. Life does not be­gin at birth. This is sim­ple, un­de­ni­able, bi­o­log­i­cal sci­ence: life be­gins at con­cep­tion.

Sec­ond the pro-choice move­ment in­sists that the un­born child is “part” of their body and that it is solely their right to choose what hap­pens to its life. Clearly DNA ev­i­dence proves that this is com­pletely un­true. If it were true, how could a woman give birth to a male child? The un­born child

Congress must take ac­tions on any na­tional emer­gency

With Pres­i­dent Trump in­vok­ing the pol­icy of a na­tional emer­gency to fund his bor­der wall, we as Amer­i­cans should won­der what could hap­pen next.

If a fu­ture pres­i­dent deemed the sev­eral cases of gun vi­o­lence in our na­tion as a na­tional emer­gency, which many cit­i­zens would con­sider much more of an emer­gency than a bor­der wall, the pres­i­dent could at­tempt to en­act a law to con­fis­cate firearms. If he has dic­ta­to­rial de­signs it would serve him well to have an un­armed cit­i­zenry.

This may seem far-fetched, but the first step has been taken. If this at­tempt by Trump is al­lowed to suc­ceed, we will be en­dors­ing a very un­cer­tain fu­ture.

Congress needs to en­act leg­is­la­tion that lim­its or de­fines what an ac­tual emer­gency is. As a na­tion we can not have our civil rights jeop­ar­dized by an ir­ra­tional pres­i­dent.

New Era’s hat-mak­ing is meant to re­main here

New Era Cap Co. is an icon, a piece of West­ern New York his­tory. We are damn proud that Ma­jor League Base­ball hats are made right here, by our own hard-work­ing Buf­falo­ni­ans. Please let us keep this tra­di­tion go­ing.

When you look in­side the tag of an MLB hat, and it says “Made in Buf­falo, NY, USA”, that is a good feel­ing. It takes you back to when you were a kid, and it makes you smile. It is a piece of crafts­man­ship, and every ma­jor league ballplayer knows from where it came.

For the work­ers, for the his­tory, and for our civic pride, keep the tra­di­tion go­ing in West­ern New York.

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