Friday, April 22, 2005
David Brooks makes an argument in a NY Times Opinion piece, "Roe's Birth, and Death," that
He bases his argument on the premise that the Supreme Court invented a right to abortion, and short-circuited an essential public debate and working out of a citizen-backed solution state-by-state:
Unless Roe v. Wade is overturned, politics will never get better.
When Blackmun wrote the Roe decision, it took the abortion issue out of the legislatures and put it into the courts. If it had remained in the legislatures, we would have seen a series of state-by-state compromises reflecting the views of the centrist majority that's always existed on this issue. These legislative compromises wouldn't have pleased everyone, but would have been regarded as legitimate.Hmmm. In the NY Times. Could Brooks be staking out some kind of center position for a certain female senator with Presidential ambition, or would that be too cynical?
Instead, Blackmun and his concurring colleagues invented a right to abortion, and imposed a solution more extreme than the policies of just about any other comparable nation.
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