The Fruits of Fraud

The worst thing about the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 legalization of abortion in all 50 states and U.S. territories has not been the 55 million—and counting—dead babies, as horrible as that has been, but the damage it has caused to the rule of law, specifically the U.S. Constitution.  In his dissent, Justice Byron White branded Roe v. Wade “raw judicial power.”  Yet government at all levels today operates mostly on raw power.  If the government can revoke the protection of babies and enrich their killers, what can’t it do?  No wonder police abuse is now rampant.  Taxes choke the middle class.  The NSA, FBI, CIA, and other agencies relentlessly spy on everyone, even members of Congress, in violation of the Fourth Amendment.  And government schools, encouraged by other Supreme Court edicts, inculcate a functional atheism.  The Constitution remains, but only as a kind of organizational chart for government, delineating, to gloss Lenin, who oppresses whom.

Roe overturned a Texas law prohibiting abortion except to save the life of the mother.  Handed down on the same date—January 22, 1973—was Doe v. Bolton, which overturned Georgia’s antiabortion law.  But as the late Joseph Sobran used to point out, these rulings effectively overturned the abortion laws of all 50 states,...

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