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NRL News' Special January 22 Commemorative Issue
By Carol Tobias, NRL PAC Director
want candidates to take a strong pro-life position, but it doesn't help the cause of
unborn babies when a candidate tries to make himself appear to be "more
pro-life" than another pro-life candidate by attacking the other candidate's
legitimate pro-life credentials, or distorting the other candidate's record on abortion.
With all due respect, I dissent. I find nothing in the language or history of the Constitution to support the Court's judgment. The Court simply fashions and announces a new constitutional right for pregnant mothers and, with scarcely any reason or authority for its action, invests that right with sufficient substance to override most existing state abortion statutes. The upshot is that the people and the legislatures of the 50 States are constitutionally disentitled.... As an exercise of raw judicial power, the Court perhaps has authority to do what it does today; but, in my view, its judgment is an improvident and extravagant exercise of the power of judicial review that the Constitution extends to this Court.
January 23, 1973, is a shameful and a sad date. Shameful, because on that day the Supreme Court arrogantly took away what is "endowed by the Creator," the "unalienable" right to life of every human being. And sad, because our country has not yet rectified this outrage. Instead of the "self-evident Truths" in the Declaration of Independence, it is the Court's dishonest verdict that rules the land.