The officers of Uvalde who stood in the corridor are accomplices

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Regarding “4 Surprising New Takeaways From Uvalde School Surveillance Video” (July 13): I have been following reports of the Robb Elementary School shooting, and in my opinion, all officers walking down the hall while the children and their teachers were being murdered are actually complicit in their deaths. Each of these so-called “law enforcement officials” should lose their jobs and go to jail, as they bear a great deal of responsibility for the death and suffering due to their inaction. Shame on them.

Raquel Fernandez, Houston

Abortion and religion

Regarding “Five Texans Tell How Their Abortions Changed Their Lives” (July 10): For many years I have promoted peace, justice and human rights in accordance with the teaching of the Catholic Church on the sanctity of human life. I am ready to accept that life in the womb is also sacred and that there is a strong need to reduce abortions.

However, overturning Roe v. Wade is the wrong way to reduce abortions. This decision disrespects women and mainly affects low-income women. And abortion is necessary in certain circumstances.

Not all problems in society can be corrected by government action. It didn’t work when the government tried to ban alcohol many years ago because the majority of people didn’t agree with that position. The same is true for abortion.

What US Catholic bishops and others who want to reduce abortions should do is advocate for strong economic and educational support for women and families. If this is done, abortions will decrease.

It’s not lost on me and many others that abortion decisions are made primarily by men. There are no female bishops in the Catholic Church. This must be corrected if the Church is to have any credibility in the future.

David AtwoodHouston

The National Council of Jewish Women of Greater Houston is in trouble because our daughters and granddaughters are about to have fewer rights than we have known. The effects of this extreme political jurisprudence are already being felt in our country.

First, intimate medical decisions have been taken away from patients and healthcare professionals. Misguided politicians and anti-abortion activists using fiery rhetoric worked for decades to overthrow Roe. These politicians and activists are not qualified medical professionals to give advice. We mourn the obstetrician who has to watch her patient die of a problematic pregnancy because the government has made it illegal to save her life.

Second, the founders of our country, fleeing religious tyranny, created the First Amendment to guarantee the separation of church and state. Jewish tradition not only allows abortion but, in some cases, requires it. Restrictive abortion laws, rooted in a specific Christian understanding of when life begins, shatter our ability and that of others to follow religious practices.

Third, Judaism teaches that humans are created in the divine image of God. From this basic teaching flows the understanding that every human being deserves equal treatment and equal rights. Judge Ruth Ginsburg said, “…when the government controls that decision for her, she is treated as less than a fully adult human being.” It is unimaginable that in the United States, a State could force a girl to carry and deliver the child of her rapist to satisfy a political movement which takes away her humanity, dignity and equality. Roe’s overthrow took away the medical, religious, and personal freedoms of women and their families. We mourn this loss.

Jennifer Reichek, Executive Director, National Council of Jewish Women Greater Houston Chapter

pray in public

Regarding “Opinion: Banning prayer in public schools would be contrary to our founding principles” (July 1): I was interested to see all the letters supporting the football coach’s right to pray at the 50-yard line with his players. I would recommend a mental exercise to these people. In your mind, replace that Christian coach with a Muslim coach, encouraging all of his players (who know the decision to start the next game is up to the coach) to bow to Mecca, or with a Wiccan coach asking its players to thank the goddess for the most recent victory. How would they feel? This is the heart of the First Amendment. The US government should not endorse one religion over another. Even if you happen to be in the majority right now, try a little empathy for those who aren’t.

Lucy Deckard, College Station


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