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All of the discussion groups at the general meeting on November 20 indicated concurrence with the position statement:
The League of women Voters of the United States believes that public policy in a pluralistic society must affirm the constitutional right of privacy of the individual to make reproductive choices.
There was some uneasiness regarding the action which may result from the adoption of the position, however, and the group in attendance felt that our report to National should indicate concurrence but request clarification of intended action and guidelines for local application.
Hawaii Law School instructor Jacqui des Marets and attorney Marguerite Simson met with some 36 League members at the meeting held at the Moiliili-McCully Library. The general discussion centered around the legal developments of the subject as outlined in the Facts and Issues publication: Public Policy on Reproductive Choices. Simson and des Marets pointed out that the Constitution does not specifically mention privacy as an individual right, but that that right seemed to be the underlying intent for the Bill of Rights. Indeed, this "constitutional right to privacy" (Facts and Issues; Public Policy on Reproductive Choices) was the basis for the decision in Griswald vs. Connecticut whereby the state law which prohibited use of contraceptives was overturned.
The two speakers made clear the point that a state may give additional rights to its citizens such as Hawaii's privacy rights, but it may not limit liberties guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.
There was also a general discussion regarding "public policy" and how it is formed. According to des Marets, the legislative branch was originally designated to set public policy, but Supreme Court decisions have overruled some statutes. The confusion surrounding the concept of public policy seemed to follow into the small discussion groups.
During the final wrap-up, each group's recorder reported that her group had concurred with the position statement.
The recorders' notes and the Board's final report will be available in the office after December 15.
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