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Tim Carney: Defense of abortion built on a foundation of lies |

Tim Carney: Defense of abortion built on a foundation of lies |

Earlier this week, on the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, NBC News published a poll on abortion declaring “seven in 10 respondents oppose Roe v. Wade being overturned.” But NBC got that result by misrepresenting the nature of Roe. The network said Roe guaranteed the right to abortion only in the first three months — in truth, Roe protects abortion even at full gestation.

This misrepresentation was a fitting 40th birthday present for Roe and the cause of legal abortion — a cause built on a foundation of lies.

The first falsehood underlying today’s pro-choice cause is Roe v. Wade itself. It is simply a bad decision. The majority divined from the “penumbras” of the Constitution a nebulous “right to privacy,” which somehow included the right to abort your unborn child up until the moment of delivery. That’s legislating, not interpreting.

Legions of pro-choice judges and legal scholars have admitted that Roe was bad jurisprudence.

“One of the most curious things about Roe,” wrote liberal Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe “is that, behind its own verbal smokescreen, the substantive judgment on which it rests is nowhere to be found.”

Alan Dershowitz, another legendary liberal Harvard Law professor, called Roe “judicial activism” lacking “clear governing constitutional principles.”

Even Ruth Bader Ginsburg called Roe “Heavy-handed judicial intervention” that “was difficult to justify.”

“As a matter of constitutional interpretation and judicial method, Roe borders on the indefensible,” wrote Ed Lazarus, an Obama administration appointee and avowed pro-choicer who clerked for the decision’s author, Justice Harry Blackmun. Read the rest: Tim Carney: Defense of abortion built on a foundation of lies |

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