40 Years of Roe vs. Wade
January 22, 2013
On January 22nd, 1973, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Roe vs. Wade (full text, Wikipedia), inventing a constitutional “right” to abortion and overturning democratically enacted laws to the contrary in something like 46 out of 50 states. According to the pro-choice Guttmacher Institute, by 2008 “nearly 50 million” abortions had been performed. (Pro-life groups estimate that the total is now more than 55 million.)
Well-spent Journey links to ten articles about the logic of the pro-life position. It seems as good a way as any to observe this grisly anniversary.
The National Review editors review the history.
Roe has always been bad constitutional law, something that even honest supporters of the abortion license admitted they could not plausibly find in the Constitution. The Casey Court that portentously affirmed Roe studiously avoided saying that it follows from the Constitution. Abortion itself seems to inspire the same kind of bobbing and weaving. (Imagine an NRA that committed itself to the absolute defense of “the right to own” but could not bear to give its verb an object.)
National Review’s Ramesh Ponnuru discusses the polling.
A few other pro-life organizations and resources:
- National Right to Life Committee
- Anglicans for Life
- Gospel of Life Ministries
- Life News .com
- Life Site News
I remember Roe’s 30th anniversary, coming in the midst of the time when I was learning about most of conservatism for the first time. God willing, we won’t see a 50th.