Ever heard of the Fugitive Slavery Act of 1850? Thanks to our very own Sen. Susan Collins, women in Texas will face vigilantly justice. The precedent set by the Republican-controlled Supreme Court is no different than how the slave states looked at African Americans as property and the public was given the legal right to be bounty hunters to administer justice. Now the public can administer “the law” against women or anyone they think might assist them, just as if this was 1850.

Collins will do what she always does: complain and say how offended she is. Collins gaslighted the majority of you. Collins has not held an open public meeting this century nor will she pay a price for this, but women in Texas and soon the rest of our country will. Women cannot get an abortion if they were raped or impregnated by incest, not even if their life is endangered by being pregnant.

The Fugitive Slave Act was repealed by Congress in September of 1864. There are not 10 Republican senators now that would support a law protecting a woman’s right to choose, nor will our Supreme Court. Collins will be outraged but her words are meaningless and just for show.

You got what you voted for and women will again pay the price.


Mike Grove

Belgrade Lakes


(Editor’s note: An earlier version of this letter mischaracterized Sen. Susan Collins’ position on the Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland. After Garland’s nomination, Sen. Collins’ said the nominee should receive a hearing in the Senate.)

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