The watershed U.S. Supreme Court decisions Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, we are told, “empowered women” to control their lives. In reality, they empowered the Police State and set the U.S. Imperium on a trajectory where it not only could deny the personhood of the unborn but could legally classify whole groups of people who object to the Imperium, at home and abroad, as nonpersons—individuals who can be rounded up, imprisoned, tortured, and deprived of our traditional legal provisions.
Today, civil libertarians of the right and the left deplore the growing Police State; they object to the fact that citizens can be arrested, tasered, and detained without cause; that their phone calls, e-mails, and other private communications, as well as their travel, can be monitored; that citizens must exercise prior restraint on their very thoughts.
They can thank Roe and Doe for all of that.
Government violence against pro-lifers peaked during the reigns of Republican Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Hundreds of peaceful pro-life demonstrators were beaten, their arms, wrists, and shoulders, broken. In the late 80’s, as pro-life “rescue” operations took place, police in West Hartford, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, and other cities removed their badges and name tags before assaulting old men and women, sexually tormenting young...