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Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court evokes outrage from those who fear he will vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, eliminating a woman’s right to abort. Justice Harry Blackmun concluded that the word person as used in the Constitution does not include the unborn. Consequently, the only rights to be considered were the woman’s right to privacy and the state’s interests allocated by the trimester system.

We know more about what makes a person, such as consciousness and when it occurs, than the Founding Fathers.

I suggest that the Supreme Court has the power of Article III of the Constitution to decide what a person is. If a conscious fetus has the right to life, then from that stage onward only the life of the mother would be paramount and the same interests utilized in Roe v. Wade would be applied along with the right of the fetus to life after consciousness. The right to an abortion would not go away but would end based on personhood.

John E. Woodbery, Monroe