"HOW SHALL WE THEN LIVE?" Francis Schaeffer

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

What the Supremes have wrought

David Savage of the Los Angeles Times wrote an article recently exploring the ruling of Roe V Wade.  His article was based upon some of the papers of Harry Blackmun released 5 years after his death.  For the full read – HERE  (Hattip – AlbertMohler.com)

Last year, on the fifth anniversary of Blackmun's death, the Library of Congress opened his papers to the public. His thick files on the abortion cases tell the little-known story of how Roe vs. Wade came to be. It is the story of a rookie justice, unsure of himself and his abilities, who set out to write a narrow ruling that would reform abortion laws, not repeal them.
It is also the story of a sometimes rudderless court led by Chief Justice Warren Burger. On the day the ruling was announced, Burger said, "Plainly, the court today rejects any claim that the Constitution requires abortion on demand."
Blackmun proposed to issue a news release to accompany the decision, issued Jan. 22, 1973. "I fear what the headlines may be," he wrote in a memo. His statement, never issued, emphasized that the court was not giving women "an absolute right to abortion," nor was it saying that the "Constitution compels abortion on demand."
In reality, the court did just that.

One wonders what rulings the John Roberts court will pass in the coming years.  We do know this; they will have a profound effect on the direction of this country.  The “Supremes” are only flesh and blood; they too were born with sin’s curse staining their innermost being.  May God save us from godless rulings.

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