Friday, January 22, 2010

January 22, 1973

Today is the anniversary of one of the most shameful decisions of the Supreme Court. From Ed Whelan at NRO:
1973—For the second time in American history, the Supreme Court denies American citizens the authority to protect the basic rights of an entire class of human beings. In Roe v. Wade—the Dred Scott ruling of our age—Justice Blackmun’s majority opinion feigns not to “resolve the [purportedly] difficult question of when life begins,” but in fact rules illegitimate any legislative determination that unborn human beings are deserving of legal protection from abortion. Roe and Doe v. Bolton (decided the same day) impose on all Americans a radical regime of essentially unrestricted abortion throughout pregnancy, all the way (under the predominant reading of Doe) until birth.
In 1973 there were those who believed a Court decision would settle what was, at the time, a growing political battle. They were wrong.

This Day in Liberal Judicial Activism—January 22 - Ed Whelan - Bench Memos on National Review Online