Letter: Still struggling with ‘Roe v Wade’

To the Editor:

Since 1973, this country has been struggling with Roe v. Wade, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court abortion decision.

The decision contains the following on abortion procedure.

• Women have a right to an abortion during the first trimester of pregnancy.

• A state having a compelling interest can intervene in protecting the health and/or life of pregnant women.

• A state having a compelling interest can intervene to protect the viability of the fetus or the unborn child.

Recently, a 17-year-old immigrant female was apprehended by Border Patrol near Brownsville and informed

them of being a few weeks pregnant. She requested an abortion.

The federal government has refused to allow this abortion. A lawsuit was filed on her behalf. Presently, this case is proceeding in the federal courts.

A 2013 Texas law allows a woman to have an abortion up to 20 weeks during a pregnancy.

As a pro-lifer, I strongly disagree with abortion, but respect the fact that a woman does have the legal right to one during the first trimester of pregnancy.

This country is still struggling with the Roe v. Wade abortion decision.

Silvestre Moreno Jr.

Mercedes