Ken Cuccinelli, abortion and the First Amendment
The Sept. 21 editorial “Virginia’s abortion war,” described how Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II has bullied the state Board of Health into imposing severe restrictions on abortion facilities. His intent is to force the closure of the facilities.
In addition to Mr. Cuccinelli’s move being unprecedented and blatantly partisan, as discussed in the editorial, it violates the intent of the First Amendment to the Constitution, which states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” The Supreme Court has properly interpreted this as requiring that the government should not prefer one religion to another, or religion to irreligion.
In other words, we have a constitutional right to be free from religious restrictions that others choose for themselves.
Reasonable people can disagree on whether the soul enters the body at conception, at first breath or sometime in between, or even whether the soul exists. However, there is no question that providing legal protection to a newly fertilized egg smaller than the head of a pin is based on a religious concept.
Albert G. Jordan, Vienna