Before you travel, check if abortion is legal – The Virginian-Pilot

Before you travel, check if abortion is legal – The Virginian-Pilot

Regarding “Canaries give babymoon adventure” (July 31) and “American woman refused termination in Malta: ‘I was horrified'” by BBC News: You may have read this story about an American woman who, while on a babymoon, has undergone emergency obstetric care requiring an abortion and has been denied this life-saving and health-saving medical care because the Roman Catholic medical system in Malta prohibits its provision on religious grounds.

She was eventually evacuated to Spain where she could be treated. Fortunately, her travel insurance covered the major expenses and she survived.

Any pregnant woman who wishes to go on a “babymoon” should make sure to visit a place that will provide her with the actual medical care she may need in the event of an obstetric emergency.

Perhaps an adventure in a country not dominated by the Catholic Church would be best. And maybe a state in the US that has not banned abortion.

Karen Sanderlin, Williamsburg

I know I’m not the only one sick of watching our democracy crumble in slow motion while partisan ideologues defend strong leaders who would “fix things” through executive action and undermine democratic processes. The political structural problem lies deep in the primary election process. As an alternative to this, a structurally superior and constitutionally legal voting method: ranked-choice voting. It does a lot to eliminate self-perpetuating bipartisan enmity.

Ranked voting promises to reduce the need for both far-right and far-left ideological candidates to appeal only to party purists and instead build a broader message to a wider range of voters. It is the rapidly growing number of us who feel that both sides have abandoned us as both become increasingly independent of ideology. Also, ranked-choice voting promises not to leave the many, many military voters essentially uncounted when they have to cast early absentee ballots for certain candidates. This leads to a more positive campaign as candidates will be motivated to collect secondary votes from the resulting runoffs. You can see it already working at the state and/or municipal level in Alaska, Maine, Hawaii, Utah, and more.

No matter what political flavor you subscribe to, if you’re really frustrated with the bipartisan wasteland, join us at organizations like FairVote and Veterans for Political Innovation, who are working to make ranked-choice voting a reality at local, state and national elections. Fixing the primaries is just around the corner. I, for one, am tired of watching everything fall apart.

James Shull, Norfolk

I’m sick of hearing about the 9,000 leases. I will let you pick any vegetables, fruits or herbs you want from my garden. But you can’t come into my yard and I haven’t planted any herbs, but you’re welcome to them if you find them. So you can have them, but you can’t access them and they might be gone.

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Same as oil or natural gas. Where there is oil, such as in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge or off the coast of our southern border, you are not allowed to drill. If you do find oil or natural gas on a lease, you still need access to get it, such as pipeline or road permits, which are another hurdle to jump through and may not be granted.

What you may not have heard from the media is that President Joe Biden is bragging about the job creation of shutting down natural gas wells.

Raymond J. Rich, Newport News

In no election since I became eligible to vote in 1979 has there been a candidate for any office who has had an opinion identical to mine on every issue. I don’t think there’s ever even been a candidate whose opinions match mine on most issues. So choosing who to vote for has often been difficult, so difficult that for many years I have often voted for a third party or write-in candidate.

Perhaps in earlier times this practice was justified. This is certainly not defensible in 2022, in any race where a major party candidate denies the legitimacy and accuracy of the 2020 presidential election. In any such race, the only justifiable, responsible, rational, patriotic and moral option is to vote for that candidate’s primary party opponent. Our country has often survived bad political choices both foreign and domestic, urban and rural, cultural and legal, administrative and substantive. There’s no reason to think it can’t continue to do so for decades to come. However, there is ample reason to believe that it cannot survive long rule by politicians who deny the very essence of our system of government: the legitimacy of the people’s votes.

Don’t let such politicians win. Always vote for their opponents. Vote for their opponents until these dangerous people disappear from the scene, please. I was born a citizen of the greatest representative democracy the world has ever known. I too would like to die as one.

C. Michael Holloway, Yorktown

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