On Sept. 18, the Aiken Standard printed an article by Jack DeVine decoding “The political war on women” in an attempt to minimize the importance of the Republican Party position pertaining to abortion, which is legal in the United States.


In it, he declared “The Republican views on abortion are neither extreme nor threatening to women,” and stated the party’s support of “a human life amendment to the Constitution and legislation to make it clear that the 14th Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children.”


I would take a human life amendment to mean the granting of “personhood” (this being a somewhat more common term) to the fetus. He fails to mention two things. When does this personhood come to be? At the moment of conception?


At the moment of implantation in the uterine wall? At some later time?


This is important because from the moment of personhood onward, any abortion performed for any reason is legally murder.


There can be no exception for rape, mother safety or anything else.


Here, so to speak, is the elephant in the room.


There is indeed much that might be discussed concerning anti-abortion, but anything that might force women to return to the days of back alley abortionists or other even more dangerous solutions is not part of it.


The Republican position surely sounds like an extreme war on women to me, and I can’t imagine the ladies will find it acceptable.


W. Kent SmithAiken