Monday, October 03, 2005

MUST-READ ARTICLE!!! "Roe Ruling: More Than Its Author Intended"

A Los Angeles Times article entitled "Roe Ruling: More Than Its Author Intended" published on September 14, 2005, will likely astonish you. Among other things, it discusses what was contained in former US Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun's papers, which were released on the 5th anniversary of his death. The article outlines the evolution of the interpretations stemming from the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton Supreme Court rulings. It tells that when Blackmun was a mere rookie on the Court, his friend and colleague, Chief Justice Warren Burger, put Blackmun in charge of writing the Roe ruling. Blackmun set out to write a narrow ruling that sought to facilitate change in abortion laws across the nation, not repeal them.

So, how did we get from Chief Justice Burger's declaration that "Plainly, the court today rejects any claim that the Constitution requires abortion on demand" to today's abortion-on-demand American society? Find out.

Further, the article states...

"Blackmun proposed to issue a news release to accompany the decision, issued Jan. 22, 1973. 'I fear what the headlines may be,' he wrote in a memo. His statement, never issued, emphasized that the court was not giving women 'an absolute right to abortion,' nor was it saying that the 'Constitution compels abortion on demand.'"


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