The landmark legislation, Roe v. Wade, turns 39 today. The case was brought before the court by a pregnant, single woman that challenged the Texas criminal law that prevented her from having an abortion except on medical advise to save her own life. It was argued in December of 1971 and decided on January 22, 1973. The judges ruled 7-2 that the law was a violation of the Due Process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
There were protests yesterday in San Francisco. Both sides showed up to peacefully demonstrate; one side showing support for the Supreme Court's decision and a larger group protesting against the decision. One pro-life protestor, John Johnson, told reporters that "the pro-life movement is the civil rights movement of our generation." Civil rights and a 39-year-old Supreme Court decision can hardly be compared. In fact, such a statement could be considered racist.
Speaking of racism, GOP Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has stated that he would ignore the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision if he were elected President.
When the Supreme Court ruled that segregation was illegal, Prince Edward County, Virginia closed their schools rather than comply with Brown v. Board of Education. The Supreme Court declared (unanimously) this unconstitutional. Gingrich is taking the same position that southerners took toward civil rights. But, he's not racist, right?
Gingrich has even gone so far as to say he would arrest judges that ruled against his own beliefs. As a self-proclaimed "historian," he really should brush up on the Constitution - particularly the part on the Separation of Powers.
So, if the Supreme Court rules Obamacare to be unconstitutional, he can just ignore it? Have the judges arrested?
Happy Birthday, Roe v. Wade. May the U.S. Supreme Court never have to make such a decision again as the decision about abortion is not one for the courts, but one for the people involved and only those involved.