Tag: Roe v. Wade

Justice Thomas’s Blistering Dissent on Monday’s Abortion Ruling


In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana abortion law requiring doctors who provide abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their clinic. Chief Justice Roberts again sided with the left in  Monday’s ruling on June Medical Services v. Russo. (PDF here.)

Associate Justice Clarence Thomas offered a blistering dissent not only against this decision but the entirety of abortion jurisprudence since Roe v. Wade was decided. Below are excerpts from Justice Thomas’s remarks.

Today a majority of the Court perpetuates its ill-founded abortion jurisprudence by enjoining a perfectly legitimate state law and doing so without jurisdiction. As is often the case with legal challenges to abortion regulations, this suit was brought by abortionists and abortion clinics. Their sole claim before this Court is that Louisiana’s law violates the purported substantive due process right of a woman to abort her unborn child. But they concede that this right does not belong to them, and they seek to vindicate no private rights of their own. Under a proper understanding of Article III, these plaintiffs lack standing to invoke our jurisdiction.

Sanctity of Life: A March and a Proclamation


Every January since 1974, tens of thousands have come together in Washington, DC, for the March for Life. This year, the march will be held on Friday, January 24. It will be reliably unreported and unreliably reported upon, as it always has been.

Some years, the president is hostile and sometimes sympathetic, on the surface, for electoral reasons at least. Since 2017, President Trump has been clearly sympathetic for both the transactional reason of electoral support and as a matter of personal conviction that seems to map fairly closely with where the American center has come: a revulsion with ghoulish late-term procedures. We first saw that in his fiery answer in the final 2016 presidential debate (at 17:46).

President Trump has issued a proclamation declaring January 22 to be “National Sanctity of Life Day.” That is because the US Supreme Court handed down Roe v. Wade on January 22, 1973.

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In the wake of New York’s evil legislation, not just enacted but celebrated, a reminder is merited that abortion — baby killing — is not something Americans can accept on a state-by-state basis. As with legal slavery, legal abortion is a sin that stains us all.  The core issue is the same as slavery: the […]

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Hello, there, and welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for July 10, 2018. It’s number 183! It is the Trump SCOTUS edition of the podcast and it is about (tada!) the Trump Supreme Court of the United States. Or, as they will be calling it, the Trump Court. And it is just another reason to chuckle at the #NeverTrump chuckleheads who voted for and pulled for Hillary because Trump was going to end America as we know it.

At the time of the recording the President had not yet picked Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee, so our discussion is a little more general than that. We also talk about abortion and Roe vs. Wade – not entirely unrelated I’m sure you’ll agree.

Leave Her to Heaven or the Courts?


A few years ago, I read that the pro-choice faction had come up with a new strategy: When encountering people who think all abortion should be criminalized, press them to describe what the criminal penalty for the pregnant woman should be. Because, obviously, no one would seriously propose penalizing the woman.

So let me ask you, Ricochet: if you believe abortion should be a crime —  and assuming the woman is sui juris and voluntarily undergoes the procedure or purchases the necessary drugs — then why shouldn’t she subject to criminal penalties in a post-Roe world? If you believe it’s murder, isn’t the mom-to-be guilty of contracting a for a hit on the fetus?

The Libertarian Podcast: Epstein on Abortion


This week’s installment of The Libertarian podcast is sure to get people talking. Our topic: abortion — specifically the legal challenges being posed to new regulations on the practice being imposed at the state level. Professor Epstein surveys the legal landscape in the aftermath of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, theorizes on possible causes for declining abortion rates, and examines whether a libertarian philosophy ought to naturally incline someone to take up the pro-life or pro-choice causes. Listen in below or subscribe to The Libertarian via iTunes or your favorite podcast app.

March for Life


Right now, all across America and in several foreign countries, hundreds of thousands of people are preparing for a pilgrimage that will take them tomorrow to the site of a grave injustice that has cost the lives of tens of millions.

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Last year I was having blood drawn from me at the lab by one of the phlebotomists. It’s routine, as I had aortic heart valve replacement surgery in 2010, followed by a pacemaker implantation to keep me alive. “What are you doing for Father’s Day?” she asked me. Preview Open

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