Recently, the residents of Pittsburg received a brochure urging Kansas voters not to retain the sitting judges at the Kansas Appellant and Kansas Supreme Court levels because they are "abortion loving judges." This statement is so wrongfully misleading that it is tantamount to a lie.

The law concerning abortions is set by the United States Supreme Court's decision Roe v. Wade and related cases. the United States Supreme Court rulings, by virtue of the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution, control all state court decisions regarding abortions

No state court judge at any level and no state legislature can expand nor restrict a woman's right to an abortion. No state judge who replaces a sitting judge and no individual elected to a state or federal legislature can expand or restrict a woman's right to an abortion.

An important note to Roe v. Wade is that the U.S. Supreme Court voted 7-2 to establish a woman's constitutional right to elect to have an abortion. Four of the seven justices were appointed by Republican presidents. The author of the opinion, Judge Blackmun, was a registered Republican appointed to the bench by President Eisenhower as was Chief Justice Burger who coordinated the efforts of the seven justices to establish a woman's constitutional right to elect to have an abortion. The two dissenters were: one Democrat and one Republican.

Every state court judge who personally wishes to rescind a woman's right to an abortion MUST still n opinions following U.S. Supreme Court decisions in Rove v. Wade and related cases. There is no evidence in any of the Kansas decisions concerning abortion that any judge personally supports or rejects a establish a woman's right to elect to have an abortion. There is only proof that the judges are following the law as they are required to do.

The parties calling to unseat the judges are seeking judges who will not follow the law but rather their own agenda. In reality they are seeking judges who will ignore the dictates of the Kansas Constitution and agree with the personal wishes of Governor Brownback to not equitably fund the poorer school districts such as ours. It is of the utmost importance that we retain the state judges at all levels in order to insure the laws will be followed no matter what the judge personally believes and that education will be fully funded in Kansas no matter what Governor Brownback personally wants.

Robert Tomassi

Pittsburg