Goldstein's Strong Response to Stevenson: Roe v. Wade
Dr. Goldstein writes,
"I agree with the Supreme Court’s Decision in Dobbs to overturn Roe v. Wade. Contrary to popular belief, this decision did not outlaw abortions; it merely states that each state has the right to determine its own abortion policy. Here in Connecticut, abortion rights remain intact and represent the importance of the 10th Amendment that states that “the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. Nothing changes in Connecticut unless the people and their elected state officials push for such changes.
Both Ms. Stevenson and Jim Himes oppose the overturning of Roe v. Wade. As a physician, I understand that the unborn child has a developed neurological system at 14 weeks gestation.
With the Dobb’s decision, voters can now lobby their existing state legislature or replace their elected officials and end controversial late-term abortions which are particularly barbaric and inflict pain on the unborn child. In later-term abortions through the Dilation and Extraction Abortion process, the procedure involves breaking the living fetus up into pieces including pulling off the legs and later crushing the skull of the fetus so that it can pass through the uterus. The fetus is alive during this process and feels pain. The even later term abortions include injecting potassium chloride directly into the heart of the fetus. Once the fetus is dead, labor is induced, and the dead fetus is delivered. When you know what these late-term abortions entail, it is surprising that Ms. Stevenson is supports such heinous procedures.
In general, Democrats support this barbarism in the name of reproductive rights, but in opposing the overturning of Roe v. Wade, Ms. Stevenson is the rare Republican who supports these heinous procedures. No other western democracy permits this.
The other misstatement made by Ms. Stevenson is that all women support abortion. That is not true. Since women make up a slight majority of the voters, abortion laws cannot be passed in any state without the support of the majority of the women in that state. Stevenson’s comments represent a fundamental misunderstanding of the role of the federal government and Dobbs explains that it is up to the states and not the Congress to pass abortion laws.
Therefore, as a Congressman I would not have the power to pass abortion law as it is a states’ rights issue. As your Congressman, I am both a physician and attorney so I will never tell you that I can write laws that I do not have the constitutional power to enforce. I will also work to ensure that our healthcare system provides cost effective humane medical care to everyone. Instead, I intend to win the primary against Ms. Stevenson and advocate against barbaric and inhumane late-term abortions when I challenge Jim Himes this fall."
Michael T. Goldstein M.D., J.D. Republican Candidate for Congressional District 4