Letter: About Commissioner Jones’ party shift

Regarding the banner Sun-Journal headline (Feb. 4)- “Commissioner Changes Parties”, Craven County Commissioner Jason Jones said his change in party was prompted by recent legislation in New York to “allow abortion until birth.”

That’s not exactly what happened. 

As changes pertain to late-term abortion and, according to the Albany Times Herald Union, the New York legislature legalized abortion after 24 weeks in cases where it would protect a woman’s health or where a fetus is not viable.  State law previously only allowed abortion after 24 weeks if the woman’s life was in jeopardy.

The legislature also stripped illegal abortions from the state’s criminal code and placed it within the realm of public health law.  

As a long-time Democrat I deplore abortion and look for the day when it is, in the words of Hillary Clinton, “safe, legal and rare.”

But repealing Roe vs. Wade will not eliminate abortions — as much as single-issue politicians may want to believe.  

What it would do is force desperate women back into dark alleys where abortion by coat hanger becomes, once again, common. 

An alternative to such atrocity is easier access to birth control, preferable to abortion in any form.  But only enlightened politicians can make this happen.  Mr. Jones needs to decide if he wants to be such a leader.  

And as for staff writer Miles Layton’s gratuitous quote of Ronald Reagan “I didn’t leave the Democratic Party- it left me,” we might remember a paraphrase of Winston Churchill- “sometimes rats swim toward a sinking ship.”

John Phaup, New Bern

 

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February 6th, 2019 by
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