In January of 1984, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed January 22 — the anniversary date of Roe v. Wade — National Sanctity of Human Life Day (Bush and Bush continued the proclamations, Clinton and Obama did not of course). Politically, he is correct of course in one major way… a correct and reasonable interpretation of the U.S. Constitution would ameliorate our slaughter of innocents. But in making this point (and he made my point in other places) let’s not forget that a society that countenances the killing of millions of babies has a sickness that extends far beyond 6 men in black robes and their legal reasoning theories. While the number of abortions has dropped in the past few years we have still killed over 50 million people — mostly for convenience.
I posted a link to this 2005 article by David Savage in The Los Angeles Times back in 2010 called …. and it always bears re-visiting. How screwed up was Roe v. Wade? Read “Roe Ruling: Not What It’s Author Intended”.
Georgia, like California, had revised its laws in the late 1960s to permit abortion in specific circumstances: if the mother’s health was endangered, if the pregnancy was caused by rape or if the fetus had a severe defect.
The newest member of the Supreme Court, Justice Harry A. Blackmun, saw much to like in the revised abortion laws. A lawyer who greatly admired doctors, he had been general counsel for the Mayo Clinic in his home state of Minnesota before becoming a federal appellate judge.
He believed that doctors needed to have leeway to do medically necessary abortions. In the court’s first private conference on the issue, he described Georgia’s law as “a fine statute [that] strikes a balance that is fair.”
Yet, a year later, Blackmun wrote an opinion for the court that struck down all of the nation’s abortion laws. Equally important, his opinion made virtually all abortions legal as a matter of a constitutional right.
That opinion, in the case of Roe vs. Wade, remains the court’s most disputed decision of recent decades. By abruptly voiding all laws against abortion, it galvanized a powerful antiabortion movement that has transformed American politics.
Read the whole things…. it’s well worth your time. If the subject matter weren’t so serious — laughably so. It is THE prime example of what happens when a judge puts a result over the law. And it also highlight the fact we forget Roe’s ugly bitch sister — Doe v. Bolton. God forgive us for this slaughter… though I don’t think that’s likely.
ED. Bumped from last year… a sad marker and a dark stain on our history and culture.