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In recent political advertisements and a letter to the editor from Ashlin Cross (“Being a Democrat means being pro-choice,” July 25), we are told that ensuring access to abortion is “progressive” and that to be a Democrat means being “pro-choice.”  I beg to differ.

Every law school student loves to argue. Most see shadows of Gregory Peck or Spencer Tracy in their mirrors. And, in my law school experience, nothing brought about an argument as fast and as fierce as the death penalty. Stakes cannot be greater or an outcome more final. I even remember former Illinois Gov. George Ryan speaking at our school after he reignited the political debate over the death penalty by declaring a moratorium in 2000. A decade after leaving law school, I find myself drawn to the subject again for two reasons. First, I’m a die-hard fan of the cult television series “Rectify,” which just aired its series finale.