Saturday, April 23, 2011
Unchallenged Abortion Restrictions Spell "Death of Roe v. Wade"
Slate Magazine: The Death of Roe v. Wade, by Dahlia Lithwick:
Supporters and opponents of abortion seem to agree: It's no longer the law of the land.
Supporters and opponents of abortion agree on nothing. One side says this is a conversation about fertilized eggs; the other says it's about fetuses. One side says the debate is about personal autonomy; the other says it's about murder. One side sees exceptions to abortion restrictions for reasons of maternal life or health as necessary to protect life; the other sees them as cunning "loopholes."
Increasingly, however, there is a fundamental assumption both sides seem to share, even if they don't say so, and it may well shape the future of abortion rights in America: Opponents and supporters of abortion appear to have taken the position that Roe v. Wade is no longer the law of the land. . . .