Roe v. Wade vote included both parties

Posted 7/6/17

To The Editor:

Our entire matrix is not completely broken, though it is badly bent.

We are in an environment of misconceptions, bestowed upon us by many of our trusted sources. An example of …

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Roe v. Wade vote included both parties

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To The Editor:

Our entire matrix is not completely broken, though it is badly bent.

We are in an environment of misconceptions, bestowed upon us by many of our trusted sources. An example of misconceptions in the Bradley County, Tennessee, area is the facts as it relates to a woman’s rights and responsibilities in connection with reproduction.

It is my understanding, and belief, that the preponderance of the misconception has evolved from the religious community in general and oftentimes from the pulpit in particular. I believe this source of information is one which many of the constituency accepts without reservations.

The vote on Roe v. Wade was 7-2. Those justices supporting the case’s pro-choice outcome were as follows, including the president nominating each and the president’s party affiliation (Republican or Democratic):

• Harry Blackmun (Nixon-R);

• Warren Burger (Nixon-R);

• William Douglas (FDR-D);

• William Brennan (Eisenhower-R);

• Potter Stewart (Eisenhower-R);

• Thurgood Marshall (LBJ-D); and

• Lewis Powell (Nixon-R).

Those dissenting on Roe v. Wade — only two — and both were not Republican-president nominated to the Supreme Court:

• Byron White (Kennedy-D); and

• William Rehnquist (Nixon-R; chief justice under Reagan-R).

A close review of the foregoing should shed some light on the misrepresentations drifting around in the Bible Belt.

If your preacher has told you that the Democrats caused Roe v. Wade to be the law of the land, he or she lied to you!

— Carl Lansden

Cleveland

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