Pro-life citizens and organizations are celebrating the small but significant victory in today’s Supreme Court decision to uphold a partial-birth abortion ban (medical illustration of the murderous procedure at right). In the majority decision, Justice Kennedy wrote
The Act proscribes a method of abortion in which a fetus is killed just inches before completion of the birth process. . . Congress determined that the abortion methods it proscribed had a ‘disturbing similarity to the killing of a newborn infant.’ .. ." The majority ruled that a general ban on the method is permissible and does not violate the general "abortion right" enunciated in past decisions such as Roe v. Wade (1973) and Casey v. Planned Parenthood (1992).
But what is really notable is Clarence Thomas’ additional written opinion.
I write separately to reiterate my view that the Courtís abortion jurisprudence, including Casey and Roe v. Wade,
410 U. S. 113 (1973), has no basis in the Constitution. See Casey,
supra, at 979 (SCALIA, J., concurring in judgment in part and
dissenting in part); Stenberg v. Carhart, 530 U. S. 914, 980-983 (2000) (THOMAS, J., dissenting).
EO has a couple of good posts on this, including
Think Progress, the moderately reasonable liberal site, also has a nice recap and links (HT: Silver).
If ever there was a clear cut moral issue, this one ranks up there with slavery, perhaps even above it. It is hard to believe the extent of our moral blindness on this issue, although I once supported abortion, responding to pro-life advocates after I had viewed The Silent Scream, "I don’t think an unborn child has any more value than a monkey." I was real smart back then. But it made an indelible impression on me, and I never forgot it. The abortion itself was spiritually and morally horrible to watch – not like watching regular surgery. It turns your stomach.
God we are coming to our senses and waking from the 5000 child a day
holocaust that pro-choice radicals have heinously and errantly
wrought. This is the start of the erosion of abortion on demand.
Hopefully this will start a sea change away from our current unbalanced
state of affairs. Pro-lifers, fight on! With perseverance, we could
see the overturn of RVW in our lifetime, and see the protection of
children from the earliest stages of pregnancy.