United States Supreme Court Decisions on Abortion

Author: A.L.L.


American Life League

After his ignoble disgrace, Satan was being expelled from Heaven. As he passed through the Gates, he paused a moment in thought, and turned to God and said, "A new creature called Man, I hear, is soon to be created." "This is true," He replied. "He will need laws," said the Demon slyly.

"What! You, his appointed Enemy for all Time! You ask for the right to make his laws?"

"Oh, no!" Satan replied. "I ask only that he be allowed to make his own."

It was so granted.

                                                                                                         Ambrose Bierce.

Anti-Life Philosophy.

But the new [abortion] decisions come so close to allowing what the average man would call "abortion on demand" that Justice Burger might have saved his breath. By neatly dividing pregnancy into three trimesters and subjecting a woman only to medical restrictions imposed in good faith in the first two trimesters, the Court has given the abortion movement practically what it asked for.

Paul Blanshard and Edd Doerr. "A Glorious Victory." The Humanist, May/June 1973, page 6.

Anti-choice people have shown how unwilling they are to compromise by attempting to tamper with the abortion decision Roe v. Wade. This decision was a reasonable compromise, and it effectively and fairly balances the rights of the woman and the fetus.


We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

                                                                            The Declaration of Independence.

For more than three decades, the United States Supreme Court has been the vehicle by which sweeping Neoliberal reforms have been forced onto the public.

After all, it is much easier to convince nine people of your position than it is to persuade thousands of legislators at the state level, particularly when those elite nine persons share your general social agenda to begin with. In fact, these nine Justices have even displaced God as the ultimate source of authority for pro-abortionists. As Lucinda Finley, lawyer for the Pro-Choice Network of New York, has asserted, "Federal court judges are supreme over God."[1]

It is fascinating to see how the Supreme Court is bound by the same immutable laws that constrain society at large. In particular, the inevitable progression from artificial contraception to abortion to euthanasia is followed neatly in the Court's opinions.

The Role of the Supreme Court.

The lawyers, not the philosophers, are the clergy of liberalism.

Alasdair MacIntyre. Whose Justice? Whose Rationality?[2]

Supreme Court Associate Justice Holmes once opined that "Laws are beliefs that have triumphed and no more."[3] And, in contemporary America, the beliefs of the anti-life forces have been hammered into law by the blacksmiths (blackguards?) of the United States Supreme Court.

In the hands of such an establishment, the Constitution of the United States fixes no set limits or boundaries, but is simply a set of rather vague guidelines.

As Roe v. Wade author Justice William Brennan has baldly stated, "The Supreme Court is not bound to those precise, at times anachronistic contours" of the Constitution.

Legal scholar Edward L. Fike has noted that such an attitude has transformed the Supreme Court into a "robed Politburo from which there is no recourse." This renders somewhat moot constitutional historian Charles Warren's observation that "However the Court may interpret the provisions of the Constitution, it is still the Constitution which is the law, not the decisions of the Court."

Much was revealed by Judge Robert Bork's 1988 lynching at the hands of the Neoliberal establishment. Bork has stated that, to the extent we have "judicial activism" we will have "... a small group of unelected, unrepresentative judges making the basic law of the nation, quite irrespective of the desires of the electorate, and quite irrespective of the Constitution. That would bring minority tyranny in spades."[4]

Tyranny it is, and tyranny in spades. More than 360 years ago, Robert Bacon stated that "Their [judges] office is jus dicere, and not jus dire; to interpret law, and not to make law, or to give law."[4]

It is the job of the Congress and State legislatures to make law as our official and elected representatives. They reflect the will of the people in what the laws are that we want to govern us.

It is the job of the Courts merely to interpret that law in light of precedent and the United States Constitution.

What the Neoliberal judicial activists want to do, of course, is discard the historic meaning of the Constitution and turn it into an abstract concept that has no specific meaning and can be molded to suit the whims of judges who want to enact a social agenda. In other words, the ultimate goal is a kind of ultraflexible written mandate for unlimited situational ethics.

This is no conservative paranoid fantasy; the Supreme Court has already handed down several Constitutional amendments in practical effect, including the No-Prayer Amendment of June 25, 1962, when the Supreme Court amended the Constitution to read "No prayer shall be offered in a public school;" the Uniform Method of Electing State Legislatures Amendment of June 15, 1964; and, of course, the Abortion Amendment of January 22, 1973.

Naturally, the famed Neoliberal double standard is hard at work here. Now that the United States Supreme Court is taking on a decidedly conservative hue, Neoliberals are suddenly concerned about 'court-packing' and 'court balance,' concepts they seemed blissfully unaware of while a Neoliberal Court was enacting their agenda over the last quarter-century.

Up until the election of Bill Clinton, every Federal conservative presidential court appointee now undergoes a merciless grilling which never happened as President Carter appointed his 264 Federal judges to the bench 258 (98%) of which were Democrats![5]

There will be no such problem under the Clinton regime, because "Slick Willie" will make sure that no conservative justices make it to the Federal bench.

Pro-lifers have also become sick of hearing Neoliberals whine about how the Reagan and Bush administrations have applied an "anti-Roe v. Wade litmus test" to Federal judgeship appointments, while they seem to have no trouble at all with President Bill Clinton's pre-election promise that no he would appoint no judge that did not support the abortion decision.

Supreme Court Abortion Decisions.

There is no better way of exercising the imagination than the study of law. No poet ever interpreted nature as freely as a lawyer interprets truth.

                                                                         French playwright Jean Giraudoux.[6]

This chapter briefly describes the more important abortion-related decisions handed down by the United States Supreme Court. Figure 89-1 shows pertinent information on the individual Supreme Court justices and their voting records regarding abortion. The cases described below are numbered, so that votes may be more easily tabulated by case in Figure 89-1.


[A medium text size on your computer's 'view' setting is recommended, otherwise, the tables may be discombobulated.]

                                 (see list below                  Year of 
Justice Name                for key)         Vote      decision

William O. Douglas              1                   X          1973
                                            2                   X          1973
Potter Stewart                      1                  x          1973
                                            2                   x          1973
                                            3                   x          1973
                                            4                   x          1976
                                            5                   x          1976
                                            6                   o          1977
                                            7                   O          1977
                                            8                   X          1979
                                            9                   *           1979
                                          10                   O          1980
                                          11                   O          1980
                                          12                   O          1980
                                          13                   O          1981
Harry Blackmun                   1                   X          1973
                                            2                   X          1973
                                            3                   X          1973
                                            4                   X          1976
                                            5                   X          1976
                                            6                   X          1977
                                            7                   X          1977
                                            8                   X          1979
                                            9                   *           1979
                                          10                   X          1980 
                                          11                   X          1980 
                                          12                   X          1980 
                                          13                   X          1981 
                                          14                   X          1983
                                          15                   *           1983
                                          16                   X          1986
                                          17                   X          1986
                                          18                   *           1988
                                          19                   X          1989
                                          20                   X          1991
                                          21                   X          1992
William Brennan, Jr.             1                   X          1973
                                            2                   X          1973
                                            3                   X          1973
                                            4                   X          1976
                                            5                   X          1976
                                            6                   X          1977
                                            7                   X          1977
                                            8                   X          1979
                                            9                   *           1979
                                          10                   X          1980 
                                          11                   X          1980 
                                          12                   X          1980 
                                          13                   X          1981 
                                          14                   X          1983
                                          15                   *           1983
                                          16                   O          1986
                                          17                   X          1986
                                          18                   *           1988
                                          19                   X          1989
Warren Burger                     1                   X          1973
                                            2                   X          1973
                                            3                   X          1973
                                            4                   O          1976
                                            5                   O          1976
                                            6                   O          1977
                                            7                   O          1977
                                            8                   O          1979
                                            9                   *           1979
                                          10                   O          1980 
                                          11                   O          1980 
                                          12                   O          1980 
                                          13                   O          1981 
                                          14                   X          1983
                                          15                   *           1983
                                          16                   X          1986
                                          17                   O          1986
Thurgood Marshall               1                   X          1973
                                            2                   X          1973
                                            3                   X          1973
                                            4                   X          1976
                                            5                   X          1976
                                            6                   X          1977
                                            7                   X          1977
                                            8                   X          1979
                                            9                   *           1979
                                          10                   X          1980 
                                          11                   X          1980 
                                          12                   X          1980 
                                          13                   X          1981 
                                          14                   X          1983
                                          15                   *           1983
                                          16                   X          1986
                                          17                   X          1986
                                          18                   *           1988
                                          19                   X          1989
                                          20                   X          1991
Lewis Powell, Jr.                  1                  x          1973
                                            2                   x          1973
                                            3                   x          1973
                                            4                   x          1976
                                            5                   x          1976
                                            6                   o          1977
                                            7                   O          1977
                                            8                   X          1979
                                            9                   *           1979
                                          10                   O          1980
                                          11                   O          1980
                                          12                   O          1980
                                          13                   O          1981
                                          14                   X          1983
                                          15                   *           1983
                                          16                   X          1986
                                          17                   X          1986
William Rehnquist                 1                   O          1973
                                            2                   O          1973
                                            3                   O          1973
                                            4                   O          1976
                                            5                   O          1976
                                            6                   O          1977
                                            7                   O          1977
                                            8                   O          1979
                                            9                   *           1979
                                          10                   O          1980 
                                          11                   O          1980 
                                          12                   O          1980 
                                          13                   O          1981 
                                          14                   O          1983
                                          15                   *           1983
                                          17                   O          1986
                                          18                   *           1988
                                          19                   O          1989
                                          20                   O          1991
                                          21                   O          1992
Byron White                         1                   O          1973
                                            2                   O          1973
                                            3                   O          1973
                                            4                   O          1976
                                            5                   O          1976
                                            6                   O          1977
                                            7                   O          1977
                                            8                   O          1979
                                            9                   *           1979
                                          10                   O          1980 
                                          11                   O          1980 
                                          12                   O          1980 
                                          13                   O          1981 
                                          14                   O          1983
                                          15                   *           1983
                                          16                   O          1986
                                          17                   O          1986
                                          18                   *           1988
                                          19                   O          1989
                                          20                   O          1991
                                          21                   *           1992
John Paul Stevens                 3                   O          1973
                                            4                   O          1976
                                            5                   O          1976
                                            6                   O          1977
                                            7                   O          1977
                                            8                   X          1979
                                            9                   *           1979
                                          10                   X          1980 
                                          11                   X          1980 
                                          12                   X          1980 
                                          13                   O          1981 
                                          14                   X          1983
                                          15                   *           1983
                                          16                   X          1986
                                          17                   X          1986
                                          18                   *           1988
                                          19                   X          1989
                                          20                   O          1991
                                          21                   *           1992
Sandra Day O'Connor        14                   O          1983
                                          15                   *           1983
                                          16                   O          1986
                                          17                   O          1986
                                          18                   *           1988
                                          19                   O          1989
                                          20                   X          1991
                                          21                   *           1992
Antonin Scalia                    18                   *           1988
                                          19                   O          1989
                                          20                   O          1991
                                          21                   O          1992
Anthony Kennedy              18                   *           1988
                                          19                   O          1989
                                          20                   O          1991
                                          21                   *           1992
David Souter                      20                   O          1991
                                          21                   *           1992
Clarence Thomas                21                   O          1992

             Decision       Pro-life         Anti-life 
 Year    Number       votes (O)      votes (X)

1973          1                   2                   7
1973          2                   2                   7
1973          3                   3                   6
1976          4                   4                   5
1976          5                   4                   5
1977          6                   6                   3
1977          7                   6                   3
1979          8                   3                   6
1979          9                   *                   *
1980         10                  5                   4
1980         11                  5                   4
1980         12                  5                   4
1981         13                  6                   3
1983         14                  3                   6
1983         15                  *                   *
1986         16                  3                   5
1986         17                  4                   5
1988         18                  *                   *
1989         19                  5                   4
1991         20                  6                   3
1992         21                  5                   4

Key to Decision Numbers

(1) Roe v. Wade
(2) Doe v. Bolton
(3) Bigelow v. Virginia
(4) Planned Parenthood v. Danforth
(5) Carey v. Population Services International
(6) Maher v. Roe and Beal v. Doe
(7) Poelker v. Doe
(8) Coalutti v. Franklin
(9) Poelker v. Doe
(10) McRabe v. HEW and Zbarez v. Quern
(11) Williams and Diamond v. Zbarez
(12) Harris v. McRae
(13) H.L. v. Matheson
(14) Akron v. Reproductive Health
(15) Planned Parenthood v. Ashcroft
(16) Bowen v. American Association of Hospitals
(17) Thornberg v. ACOG
(18) Conn v. Conn
(19) Webster v. Reproductive Health Services
(20) Rust v. Sullivan
(21) Planned Parenthood v. Casey

NOTE: An asterisk (* ) denotes that the justices, in making the primary decision regarding the case in question, ruled on a procedural point of law that cannot be interpreted decisively to be either pro-life or anti-life in nature. In the Casey decision, there was wide dissention as to what constituted a genuine "pro-life" or "pro-choice" vote, so only those votes that were clearly one way or the other are included.

                              Pro-     Anti-
                              Life      Life    Year of                   Appointed         Years
                             Votes   Votes    Birth     Religion        By           On Court

William O. Douglas     
                                0          2         1898     Presbyterian                   1939-1975
Potter Stewart
                                6          6         1915     Episcopalian                   1958-1981
Harry Blackmun
                                0        18         1908     Methodist      Nixon         1970-date
William Brennan, Jr.
                                1        15         1906     Catholic      Eisenhower  1956-1990
Warren Burger         
                              10          5         1907     Presbyterian   Nixon       1969-1986
Thurgood Marshall 
                                0        17         1908     Episcopalian  Johnson     1967-1991
Lewis Powell, Jr. 
                                6          9         1907     Presbyterian   Nixon       1971-1987
William Rehnquist 
                              17          0         1924     Lutheran        Nixon         1971-date
Byron White 
                              17          0         1917     Episcopalian   Kennedy    1962-date
John Paul Stevens
                                7          8         1920     Protestant       Ford          1975-date
Sandra Day O'Connor 
                                4          1         1930     Episcopalian   Reagan      1981-date
Antonin Scalia 
                                3          0         1936     Catholic         Reagan       1986-date
Anthony Kennedy
                                2          0         1937     Catholic         Reagan       1987-date
David Souter 
                                1          0                                             Bush         1990-date
Clarence Thomas
                                1          0         1948     Episcopalian    Bush         1991-date

The "Abortion Decisions."

All bad precedents began as justifiable measures.

                                                                                               Gaius Julius Caesar.[6]


On May 3, 1971, the United States Supreme Court agreed to consider the abortion cases Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton.

This worried pro-lifers intensely, because they knew that pro-abortion activists had stated in workshops that the only way they would obtain abortion on demand was through the court system.

Pro-life fears, as it turned out, were well founded. On January 22, 1973, the country's daily newspapers were filled with the details of Richard Nixon's inauguration for his second term as President. Almost unnoticed by many was a news story that would have a much greater impact on the nation than either Nixon's inauguration or his resignation under a cloud of suspicion and disgrace: The Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision, which ushered in the American Holocaust in earnest.

The Court had miraculously discovered in the Constitution a sweeping new right that had gone unnoticed by Congress, the legislatures of all 50 states, all previous Supreme Court Justices, and everyone else for 197 years.

Roe v. Wade stated, in effect, that not one of the fifty state legislatures had ever understood the Constitution correctly in the area of abortion.

Of course, the good Justices were a just a bit foggy about just where in the Constitution this shiny new right could be found Justice Blackmun said that "We feel that the right [to abortion] is located in the Fourteenth Amendment's concept of personal liberty," but it might be instead "... in the Ninth Amendment's concept of personal liberty."

This unseemly thrashing around in search of an abortion right that had heretofore remained undetected for more than 200 years was subsequently exposed by the Legal Times; "Looking back on that argument, [Sarah Weddington] laughs as she recalls that Justice Potter Stewart asked her where in the Constitution she found the right [to abortion] for which she had so fervently argued. "Any place we find it will be okay with you, right?" Stewart asked Weddington."[7]

Not only was there no constitutional basis for the abortion "right," but the very case set up by the pro-abortionists was phony. Norma McCorvey ("Jane Roe") claimed that she was raped, but later admitted that she lied. This incident demonstrates how rare the real "hard cases" really are. Pro-abortion author Marian Faux acknowledged that "It certainly was not [Sarah] Weddington's first choice to use a kind of trumped-up defendant, but if no one else turned up, she realized it might be her only option."[8]

January 22, 1973 was, to the few active pro-lifers of the time, many things. Black Monday Pearl Harbor for the unborn the opening of the bloodgates. The slaughter of the preborn could now begin in earnest.

What Did Roe Really Say?

For years, the pro-aborts and their willing media puppets have been feeding the public a string of blatant lies crowned with the biggest whopper of them all: That abortion is only legal through the first three months of pregnancy. In reality, during the entire nine months of pregnancy, the state, with very few exceptions, must leave the abortion decision entirely to the woman and her aborter.

The actual 'restrictions' set up by the Roe v. Wade decision depend entirely upon an arbitrary trimester system as follows.

• For the stage prior to approximately the end of the first trimester, the abortion decision and the actual procedure must be left to the medical judgment of the pregnant woman's attending physician.

• For the stage subsequent to approximately the end of the first trimester, the State, in promoting its interest in the health of the mother, may, if it chooses, regulate the abortion procedure in ways that are reasonably related to maternal health.

• For the stage subsequent to viability, the State, in promoting its interest in the 'potentiality' of human life, may, if it chooses, regulate, and even proscribe, abortion except where it is necessary, in appropriate medical judgement, for the preservation of the life and health of the mother.

Note the language in the third paragraph very carefully. It says that the State may allegedly prohibit abortion except when the doctor determines that the mother's health requires otherwise. However, the companion Supreme Court decision Doe v. Bolton expanded the definition of maternal 'health' to mean virtually anything. This means that a woman may have an abortion, even in the third trimester, if she can convince the abortionist that it is in her own best interest. Obviously, this is no problem at all; the late-term abortions are the most lucrative.

In June 1983, the United States Senate Judiciary Committee published its official report on the Hatch Amendment. The third page of this report contains the following statement; "The Senate Judiciary Committee observes that no significant legal barrier of any kind whatsoever exists today in the United States for a woman to obtain an abortion for any reason during any stage of her pregnancy."

Deadly Spawn.

The most important aspect of Roe was its tremendous extension of the "right to privacy" suddenly discovered by the Supreme Court in its 1965 Griswold v. Connecticut ruling (described later in this chapter).

Justice Harry Blackmun wrote that

The Constitution does not explicitly mention any right to privacy. In a line of decisions, however, the Court has recognized that a right of personal privacy ... does exist under the Constitution. In varying contexts, the Court or individual Justices have indeed found at least the roots of the right in the First Amendment, Stanley v. Georgia, and in the penumbras of the Bill of Rights, Griswold v. Connecticut ...

The Roe v. Wade decision and its entrained "privacy right" has spawned a plethora of hideous and illogical anti-life decisions in virtually every field.

Judges and attorneys have used Roe as justification for;

• wrongful birth suits (Beaman v. Allen, 80 N.J. 421, 404 A.2d 8 (1979));

• letting handicapped newborns die a horrible death of starvation and thirst (American Academy of Pediatrics v. Heckler, 561 F.Supp.395 (D.D.C. 1983));

• the denial of heart surgery to a mentally handicapped toddler (Bothman v. Warren, 445 U.S. 949 (1980));

• the denial of cancer treatment to an elderly person (Supt. of Belchertown v. Saikewicz, 373 Mass. 728,370); and

• the cessation of respiratory aid to a comatose teenager (N.E.2d 417(1977), in re Quinlan, 70 N.J., 355/A.2d 647 (1976)).

The Question of Viability.

From the beginning of the second trimester until 'viability' (undefined by the Court), the state may only enact laws which regulate abortions in ways "reasonably related to maternal health." This means only that a state may determine who is qualified to perform abortions and where abortions may take place. The state, however, may in no way restrict abortion access.

In a memorandum written to the other Supreme Court justices on November 21, 1972, Harry Blackmun, author of Roe, stated that; "You will observe that I have concluded that the end of the first trimester is critical. This is arbitrary, but perhaps any other selected point, such as quickening or viability, is equally arbitrary."

No Real Restrictions.

After viability, the law may forbid a woman to have an abortion that is not determined to be necessary to preserve her "life or health," which is subsequently defined in such broad terms by the Court i.e., social well-being that it is impossible for a state to protect the unborn child at any time during pregnancy.

This is reflected in the fact that about 15,000 third-trimester abortions per year are performed in this country.

Turning Away from Precedent.

The Roe v. Wade decision effectively wiped out a series of Supreme Court decisions that not only protected the rights of the unborn child, but also held that the 'right to procreate' (including the father's right to procreate) was inviolable.

As long ago as 1923, the Court held in Meyer v. Nebraska that "The right to conceive and raise one's children has been deemed essential."

The state of Oklahoma, in the late 1930s and early 1940s, involuntarily sterilized hundreds of criminals convicted of certain crimes. The Supreme Court's Skinner v. Oklahoma decision, handed down in 1942, expanded upon Meyer by stating that "Oklahoma deprives certain individuals of a right which is basic to the perpetuation of the race, the right to have offspring."

And in 1953, the Supreme Court stated in May v. Anderson that the right to bear and raise children is "far more precious than property rights."

Only one year before Roe, the justices made it quite clear that even unwed fathers have parental rights. In Stanley v. Illinois, the justices struck down a law that automatically took children away from an unwed father if the mother died thereby nullifying legislation that assumed that unwed fathers were, by definition, unfit parents. Invoking the due process clause, the justices said that

The State cannot, consistent with due process requirements, merely presume that unmarried fathers in general ... are unsuitable and neglectful parents. Parental unfitness must be established on the basis of individualized proof ... The denial to unwed fathers of a hearing on fitness ... constitutes a denial of equal protection of the laws.

Most incredibly, the Supreme Court turned its back on the very decision that defined unborn babies as persons the 1946 case Bonbrest v. Kotz, where the Court defined "child" as "an unborn or recently born human being."

And so, with one fell swoop, the justices fulfilled a cherished social agenda, and swept away their own decisions which established the rights of the unborn and their fathers.

Now, of course, pro-aborts are telling pro-life activists that the Court must abide by stare decisis (the doctrine of following principles laid down in previous legal decisions), in spite of the fact that Roe itself violated a huge galaxy of legal precedent. In any case, the Constitutional Handbook that sits in every legislator's office notes that more than 184 decisions of the Supreme Court have been overruled by the Court at a later date.[9]

Defending Roe.

The lies and fabrications concocted by the pro-abortionists to keep Roe on the books would be laughable if they were not so effective. For instance, in his amicus brief of September 1985, Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe made the imbecilic assertion that; "State efforts to ferret out prohibited abortions as defined by the Government would require not only searches of bedrooms for telltale 'morning-after' pills, but also searches of women's bodies for intrauterine devices."[10]

Anyone who believes such drivel is obviously either insane or fanatically pro-abortion (perhaps, after all, these terms are synonymous).

Both "Abortion Decisions" Were Based Upon Lies.

Court activity required less support (and certainly tolerated no lobbying) than attempts to change the laws through state legislatures.

                                                                                                         Marian Faux.[8]

Roe v. Wade.

Homosexual Norma McCorvey claimed that she was a victim of a gang-rape incident, which she later admitted was a barefaced lie. She never did obtain her abortion, but instead gave her daughter up for adoption.[11]

It is instructive to note that, despite her obvious disreputable nature, she is still a heroine and mindless tool of the pro-abortion movement nearly two decades later. She is not intelligent or articulate enough to debate or answer questions from the press unaided, so she always travels with a retinue of pro-abortion experts who carefully coach her in every situation.

Even more repulsive than this charade is her expressed 'desire' to locate the daughter that she wanted to abort. When asked whether or not she would have aborted her daughter if she had been given the chance, McCorvey replied "Absolutely ... If I have a chance to talk to her, I'll explain what happened, and why I did what I did and said what I said. If she doesn't get it, I'll tell her to get out of Dodge City, partner."[12]

Pro-life activists wonder what that daughter will say to the 'mother' who wanted so badly to kill her.

Doe v. Bolton.

This case overturned Georgia's already-permissive abortion law.

The plaintiff in the companion case to Roe, Doe v. Bolton, had identified herself as Mary Doe. Her real name was Sandra Kay Race Bensing, and she was invited to file the original suit by Legal Aid of Atlanta, in return for free help in obtaining a divorce and for help from feminist attorney Margie Pitts Haimes in regaining custody of her two children. She happened to be pregnant at the time, but had no intention whatever of getting an abortion (nor did she). In fact, she told the Atlanta Constitution on December 9, 1988, that "Mary Doe didn't want an abortion, Mary Doe didn't have an abortion, and Mary Doe won't ever have an abortion."

As background, Cano was pregnant and trying to escape from her abusive husband. Her stepfather, while babysitting her previous children, had one day delivered them into the hands of juvenile authorities, who immediately classified them as "abandoned."

She had planned to remarry, but discovered that her divorce from her abusive husband was not finalized.

In desperation, she turned to the Legal Aid Services Corporation, and lawyers from the National Organization for Women (NOW) saw in her a golden opportunity.

The NOW lawyers promised Cano that they would obtain a divorce for her and regain custody of her children. In return, they asked her for the "small favor" of acting as the anonymous plaintiff in the Doe v. Bolton abortion case.

The NOW lawyers initially assumed that Cano wanted to abort the child she was carrying without even consulting her, but when they encouraged her to get an abortion, she recalled that "I made it immediately clear I couldn't do that."[13]

Despite Cano's refusal, the NOW lawyers simply made her an appointment to abort her 25-week baby with Dr. Donald Block at Georgia Baptist Hospital. Under extreme stress, Cano said that "I know no matter what it cost I could not let them take my baby, so I ran away."[13]

Cano commonly describes to pro-lifers how she was viciously and relentlessly pressured to abort by the people who dishonestly refer to themselves as "pro-choice," solely because her abortion would make her much more believable as a plaintiff in the case.

It was obvious to all involved that Sandra Cano did not want to abort her child, and, in fact, was against abortion in general. Cano had been used as an ignorant tool by the abortionists to get what they wanted abortion on demand throughout all nine months of pregnancy.

This case helped reveal the true face of the abortionists. While they simper that they "care deeply about women," they use vulnerable women ruthlessly whenever it suits their deadly purpose.

As Cano herself stated, "I was told this suit would help me to get my children back and I signed papers as they were put in from of me with that explanation I was led by the nose and never told that the price they intended to exact from me was to legalize the murder of little children!"[13]

The NOW attorneys naturally had the records of the case sealed, allegedly to "protect their client's privacy,' but the real reason was so that nobody could research the details of their deceptive and unscrupulous practices. In 1980, Cano petitioned the Court to have the records of the Doe v. Bolton case unsealed in order to prove that she was the authentic "Mary Doe."

Upon examining the records, she found that the pro-abortion lawyers had fabricated quotes and attributed them to her. "I was in shock at what I read. The contents did not contain my words or my wants, nothing I said or felt was there." Cano eventually went public with her story and became a well-known pro-life activist.[13]

The reaction of the pro-abortionists was typical.

Cano endured dozens of death threats, and her car was even shot at twice. The car eventually was stolen, her telephone wires were cut and illegally tapped, and her home was repeatedly scrawled with pro-abortion obscenities and splattered with blood and rotten eggs.

In retrospect, the NOW lawyers made lavish promises to Cano in order to get her cooperation, but never bothered to help her with a divorce or with her child custody problems. As far as the National Organization for Women was concerned, Sandra Cano was nothing more than an unwitting tool to be used and discarded when her usefulness expired.


Both of the January 22, 1973 abortion decisions were based upon lies. They were both supposedly brought to aid two 'hard-luck' abortion cases, but one plaintiff was lying for her own benefit, and pro-abortion lawyers were lying for the other plaintiff. It is extremely significant that the plaintiff's attorneys could not even find a real 'hard case' to pursue.

In reality, of course, it matters little that these decisions were based upon lies and biased, inaccurate medical information. There was an objective (unlimited abortion), a tool (a willing Supreme Court), and the opportunity.

That is all that anti-lifers ever need ever need to ram through their philosophy.

Will Roe v. Wade Save This Country?

Justice is the sanction of established injustice.

                                                                 French novelist and poet Anatole France.[6]

There is no question that Roe v. Wade is an evil decision that has cost this nation tens of millions of innocent lives. However, one little-known theory holds that the Supreme Court, on January 22, 1973, may have indirectly saved this country by short-circuiting our slow slide down the slippery slope and plunging us into the cold waters of the abyss in a single day.

Prior to 1973, the anti-life forces in this country had been making small but very steady advances all over the country with their deadly abortion and euthanasia agendas. In the absence of Roe, they probably would have continued this slow advance, taking advantage of the principle of incrementalism. This principle states that, if a group proceeds slowly and carefully enough, and takes small, well-calculated steps, it can accomplish anything if it is patient enough, because its natural opposition will be less likely to perceive a threat.

Roe v. Wade changed all of that. In one day, abortion on demand was swept into all 50 states. The pro-life movement took a decade to get over the shock and begin to react properly. This reaction, delayed as it was, might never have taken place if abortion had slowly crept into place with little fanfare. If Roe had not been handed down, we might have had abortion on demand with virtually no pro-life movement to fight it in this country today.

In other words, Roe v. Wade violated the immutable law of social incrementalism and gave the pro-life movement a focusing point. Without Roe, pro-lifers really could not properly focus on the thousand little steps that the anti-lifers would have used to gain the same result of abortion on demand.

For further information on the process of incrementalism or gradualism, see Chapter 7 of Volume I.

Other Supreme Court Abortion Decisions.

The care of human life and happiness, and not its destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government.

                                                                                                Thomas Jefferson.[14]

The following paragraphs very briefly summarize the major abortion and abortion-related decisions handed down by the United States Supreme Court. These decisions very clearly show a progression first toward unlimited abortion on demand, and then, since about 1985, a reversed and accelerating trend towards protecting the unborn.

Hopefully, a decision that will protect the preborn will eventually be written by a newly-conservative Supreme Court. Under current conditions, however, the pro-life movement might have to wait another twenty years for such an event.

Figure 89-1 shows how each Supreme Court justice voted on most of the cases described below.

Griswold v. Connecticut
381 U.S. 479
June 7, 1965

Of all human pursuits, murder has the most deadly need of privacy. Man will go to any length

to preserve the solitude in which he takes life, even to homicide, yet by no act can he more completely and irrevocably destroy it.

                     William Faulkner, Intruder in the Dust, 1948.


This decision created for the first time the mythical "right to privacy," while overturning a Connecticut law prohibiting the sale or distribution of artificial birth control devices. This "right to privacy" was quickly and inevitably expanded from married persons to unmarried persons, then to fornicating teenagers, then to abortion on demand, and eventually to infanticide and euthanasia.


This case demonstrated that Planned Parenthood has been deeply involved in the judicial re-engineering of our country's sexual ethics right from the very beginning.

Estelle T. Griswold, the executive director of the Planned Parenthood League of Connecticut, and her medical director, were convicted under an 1879 Connecticut statute that forbade counseling and advising on or prescribing birth control devices for married persons.

Griswold challenged the law, arguing that the Connecticut law was in violation of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution, and an appellate court and the Supreme Court of Connecticut agreed with her.

The Implications.

This is the most important Supreme Court decision ever made (surpassing in significance even Roe v. Wade), because it established the "right of privacy" which would be used later by numerous courts to justify both abortion and euthanasia.

Justice William O. Douglas, who delivered the Court's opinion, wrote that "... specific guarantees in the Bill of Rights have penumbras, formed by emanations from those guarantees that help give them life and substance ... Various guarantees create zones of privacy ..."

"The present case, then, concerns a relationship lying within the zone of privacy created by several fundamental guarantees ..." Pro-life activists immediately recognized that this wording could be used to justify any "right" whatever.

In one sweeping motion, the court had transformed the concept of privacy from an aspect of the common-law right of private property the "general right of the individual to be let alone" to the new legal concept of an individual's "inviolate personality."[15]

In establishing such a 'right,' the court turned its back on precedent set in several of its own decisions, including Prudential Insurance Company v. Cheek [259 U.S. 530 (1922)], which was a case that involved the validity of service letter contract laws.

An excerpt from the majority opinion in Prudential read "But, as we have stated, neither the 14th Amendment nor any other provision of the Constitution of the United States imposes upon the states any restrictions about 'freedom of speech' or the 'liberty of silence,' nor, we may add, does it confer any right to privacy upon either persons or corporations."

The Dissent.

In his dissent, Justice Potter Stewart expressed the heart of the pro-life argument when he wrote that

In the course of its opinion, the Court refers to no less than six amendments to the Constitution: The First, the Third, the Fourth, the Fifth, the Ninth and the 14th. But the Court does not say which of these amendments, if any, it thinks is infringed by this Connecticut law.

What provision of the Constitution, then, does make this law invalid? The Court says it is the right of privacy 'created by several fundamental constitutional guarantees.' With all due deference, I can find no such general right of privacy in the Bill of Rights, in any other part of the Constitution, or in any case ever before decided by this Court.

At the oral argument in this case we were told that the Connecticut law does not 'conform to current community standards.' But it is not the function of this Court to decide cases on the basis of community standards. We are here to decide cases 'agreeable to the Constitution and laws of the United States.

United States v. Vuitch
402 U.S. 62, No. 84
April 21, 1971

In this case, the United States Supreme Court addressed abortion directly for the first time. The Court upheld the District of Columbia's abortion statute and declared it "not constitutionally vague."

This was an extremely important decision in that it upheld a Washington, DC statute that prohibited abortion except to preserve the mother's life or health.

Abortionist Milan Vuitch was indicted for producing and attempting to procure abortions in violation of a statute that prohibited abortions except to preserve the mother's life or health.

As a result of this ruling, the Supreme Court included "mental health" for the first time in the overall definition of "maternal health."

This definition was, in effect, a prescription for abortion on demand. As described in Chapter 51, "Health Indications for Abortion," under such definitions it has been historically shown that more than 90 percent of all abortions are performed for "psychiatric reasons."

Eisenstadt v. Baird
408 U.S. 438
March 22, 1972

Long-time pro-abortion activist Bill Baird was convicted of violating Massachusetts law by exhibiting contraceptive devices at a Boston University talk on overpopulation and birth control. He also gave a young unmarried woman a package of vaginal foam at the end of his talk.

The Massachusetts Supreme Court upheld Baird's conviction for giving away the foam.

In overturning this conviction, the Supreme Court's majority opinion stated that

It would be plainly unreasonable to assume that Massachusetts has prescribed pregnancy and the birth of an unwanted child as punishment for fornication, which is a misdemeanor under Massachusetts law ... whatever the rights of the individual to access to contraceptives may be, the rights must be the same for the unmarried and the married alike.

If under Griswold the distribution of contraceptives to married persons cannot be prohibited, a ban on distribution to unmarried persons would be equally impermissible ... If the right to privacy means anything, it is the right of the individual, married or single, to be free from unwarranted governmental intrusion into matters so fundamentally affecting a person as the decision whether or not to beget a child.

In effect, then, this decision extended the "right to privacy" found in the Griswold ruling, stating that no law could forbid unmarried persons from obtaining contraceptives.

Roe v. Wade
January 22, 1973

This decision stripped the States of their lawful authority to regulate abortion. It built upon Griswold's mythical "right to privacy," allegedly based in the United States Constitution, which is also the legal foundation of other anti-life practices such as infanticide and euthanasia. It has changed our society profoundly, and, since the United States is considered a world leader in ethics and morals, has done incalculable damage to other nations as well, including Canada, our neighbor to the North.

For a more detailed description of this decision, see the first half of this chapter.

Doe v. Bolton
January 22, 1973

This decision and Roe are generally known as the "Abortion Decisions" by legal scholars.

In Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court stated that abortions could be performed in the second and third trimesters for the 'mother's physical or mental health.' In Doe v. Bolton, the companion decision to Roe, the Court expanded this definition so that the abortionist has legal discretion to kill children for virtually any reason whatever throughout the entire nine months of pregnancy; "... the medical judgement may be exercised in the light of all factors physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman's age relevant to the well-being of the patient. All these factors may relate to health. This allows the attending physician the room he needs ..."

For a more detailed description of this decision, see the first half of this chapter.

Bigelow v. Virginia
421 U.S. 809, No. 73-1309
June 16, 1975

Jeffrey C. Bigelow, editor of the Virginia Weekly, was convicted of advertising for out-of-state abortions in New York, where they were legal. On May 13, 1971, Bigelow was charged under a Virginia law making it a misdemeanor to publish any material that would encourage the procuring of abortions. His conviction was upheld by the Supreme Court of Virginia.

The Supreme Court held that a state may not prohibit or regulate in any manner publications relating to out-of-state services, including abortions.

(No Case Number)
T__H__ v. Jones
425 Fed. Supp. 873
July 23, 1975


Utah law forbade the distribution of contraceptives to minors and the provision of information and advice on contraceptives to minors, without parental consent.

This regulation was challenged by an anonymous teenaged girl who had requested birth control devices from the Utah Planned Parenthood Association. She was a member of a family receiving Medicaid and Aid to Families With Dependent Children (AFDC).

The 'Right to Privacy' Again.

The three-judge panel of the District Court of Utah decided that the Utah parental consent requirement violated the 'right to privacy' of the minor as guaranteed by the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Among his other arguments, the Utah State Attorney General held that it was absurd for the State to expect parents to have a legal responsibility for their children, and then ban the parents from involvement in such a sensitive issue.

Judges Ritter and Lewis, writing for the majority, stated that "If, as Roe teaches, the 14th Amendment protects a woman's right to decide whether she will terminate her pregnancy, it must also, we believe, protect her right to take measures to guard against pregnancy ... We believe that, in appropriate cases, the state's interest in enforcing parental prerogatives must yield to the fundamental rights of minors ... these youths will be aided by the mature judgment of trained [Planned Parenthood] adults before making important decisions regarding sexual conduct."

The Supreme Court Action.

On May 24, 1976, the United States Supreme Court let stand the lower Federal court ruling.

Once again, the mythical "right to privacy" had been extended this time, to fornicating teenagers.

Planned Parenthood of Central Missouri v. Danforth
(428 U.S. 52)
July 7, 1976

On June 14, 1974, a Missouri abortion limitation statute passed by the state legislature went into effect.

The elements of this statute were;

• Abortion in the first trimester is prohibited except when performed by a physician, with the consent of the woman's husband if she was married, and with informed consent;

• Abortion may not be performed on viable preborn babies except to save the life of the mother;

• The preborn baby or premature newborn may not be used in experimentation, except to preserve its life or health;

• Saline abortions are prohibited after the first twelve weeks of pregnancy;


• Reporting of certain elements of abortion statistical data is required.

Three days after the law took effect, Planned Parenthood of Central Missouri and two abortionists filed for injunctive relief in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.

In July of 1976, the United States Supreme Court upheld the provisions for viability, informed consent, and reporting. However, the Supreme Court also held that;

• Any requirement that a husband or parent be informed about a wife's or minor's abortion is unconstitutional;

• Any prohibition of the salt poisoning method of abortion to increase the baby's chances of survival, or to decrease its suffering, is unconstitutional;


• Blanket parental consent laws are unconstitutional. However, States may require informed consent in certain narrowly-defined instances.

This decision stripped fathers of any legal right whatever to protect their own preborn children. The father therefore has less of a right to protect his own child than abortion referral agents have to arrange its death, the abortionists to kill it, or the State to declare his slightest opposition unconstitutional and punishable. His relationship to his own child is deemed much less important than his relationship to a piece of property say a car stereo.

According to a national poll, more than half of all fathers including married men are not even told that their child has been aborted.[16] In one case the Conn v. Conn litigation described later in this chapter one father desperate to save his child filed suit to stop an abortion, and found that the only reason his wife wanted to kill their child was so that she would look good in a bikini when they went on summer vacation![17]

On the other hand, the Danforth decision enforced "mandatory fatherhood" for those men who did not want a child. In summary, a father has literally no voice whatever in the decision to have or not have a child. And this glaring and hurtful inequality is ignored by the same Neofeminists who are demanding equality themselves.

In his dissent, Justice Byron White stated that "It is truly surprising that the majority finds in the United States Constitution, as it must in order to justify the result it reaches, a rule that the State must assign a greater value to a mother's decision to cut off a potential human life by abortion than to a father's decision to let it mature into a live child."

Interestingly, Justice Potter Stewart, in his concurring opinion, stated a fact that pro-lifers had known for some time; "It seems unlikely that a woman will obtain adequate counsel and support from the attending physician at an abortion clinic, where abortions for pregnant minors frequently take place."

The Canadian Supreme Court, which has fallen into the bad habit of aping their morally crippled brethren to the South, has generally advanced the abortion 'right' along the same lines as in the United States. In Canada, a man may be prosecuted under the Criminal Code by failing to provide the "necessities of life" to his wife (if she does not hold a job) by failing to pay for the "necessary medical treatment" of abortion! Under the same Code, some parents have been prosecuted for "child neglect" for failing to pay for their daughter's abortions, and those parents who are adamant in their refusal to allow their daughters to have abortions lose them to the voracious provincial child care authorities.[18]

Carey v. Population Services International
(431 U.S. 678, No. 75-443)
June 9, 1977

A New York State law restricted the sale and distribution of contraceptives to minors. This law was challenged by Population Services International, Population Planning Associates (PPA), and others. PPA sold contraceptives through the mail from North Carolina and advertised its services in New York publications.

PPA was advised several times that its activities violated New York law when it continued to sell contraceptives to minors.

Three judges from the District Court for the Southern District of New York found the law unconstitutional in its entirety under the First and 14th Amendments to the United States Constitution.

The Supreme Court wrote that "Griswold may no longer be read as holding only that a state may not prohibit a married couple's use of contraceptives ... The teaching of Griswold is that the Constitution protects individual decisions in matters of childbearing from unjustified intrusion by the state."

Echoing its language in Eisenstadt, the majority opinion went on to say that "The reason for this unanimous rejection [of the New York law] was stated in Eisenstadt v. Baird: 'It would be plainly unreasonable to assume that (the state) has prescribed pregnancy and the birth of an unwanted child as punishment for fornication."

Maher v. Roe and Beal v. Doe
(432 U.S. 438, No. 75-554 and
432 U.S. 464, No. 75-1440)
June 20, 1977


Neither the Federal Constitution nor the Federal Medicaid statutes require the Federal and state governments to fund elective abortions. The Maher decision specifically upheld the constitutionality of the Hyde Amendment, which prohibited Federal funding of abortion except in certain cases.

Justice William Brennan, in his bitter dissent, made the following famous (and utterly soulless) statement; "Abortion and childbirth, when stripped of the sensitive moral arguments surrounding the abortion controversy, are simply two alternative medical methods of ending a pregnancy ..."

Maher v. Roe.

The Supreme Court held that Pennsylvania's refusal to fund non-therapeutic abortions under its Medicaid program was not inconsistent with Title XIX of the Social Security Act.

The majority opinion stated that

[W]hen Congress passed Title XIX in 1965, non-therapeutic abortions were unlawful in most states. In view of the then-prevailing state law, the contention that Congress intended to require rather than permit participating states to fund non-therapeutic abortions requires far more convincing proof than respondents have offered.

Beal v. Roe.

Two anonymous plaintiffs attacked the validity of a Connecticut regulation that limits state medicaid abortions for first trimester abortions. The crux of their argument was that the state may not give "preferential treatment" to childbirth by funding it and not abortion. They also claimed that they were being discriminated against, as part of a 'class of women seeking abortions,' an alleged violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.

The Supreme Court held that "Title XIX of the Social Security Act does not require the funding of non-therapeutic abortions as a condition of participation in the joint federal-state Medicaid program established by that statute."

It also significantly stated that "Roe did not declare an unqualified 'constitutional right to an abortion, ... It implies no limitation on the authority of a state to make a value judgment favoring childbirth over abortion, and to implement that judgment by the allocation of public funds ..."

Poelker v. Doe
(432 U.S. 419, No. 74-442)
June 20, 1977

This decision held that a city may refuse to provide publicly-financed abortions to indigent women in a public hospital.

Yet another anonymous plaintiff brought suit against the mayor of St. Louis, Missouri because she could not get a free abortion at Strakloff Hospital, a city-owned facility. Under staffing practice, the doctors and medical students in the obstetrics/ gynecology department at this facility were drawn from the St. Louis University of Medicine, a Catholic medical school.

This essentially meant that the plaintiff in this case was trying to force Catholic doctors to commit abortions.

After a trial, the District court ruled against Doe, but was subsequently reversed by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Court's majority stated that "We agree that the constitutional question presented here is identical in principle with that presented by a state's refusal to provide Medicaid benefits for abortions while providing them for childbirth. This was the issue before us in Maher v. Roe ... For the reasons set forth in our opinion in that case, we find no constitutional violation by the City of St. Louis n electing, as a policy choice, to provide publicly financed hospital services for childbirth without providing corresponding services for non-therapeutic abortions."

Coalutti v. Franklin

In a particularly terrifying decision, the Court held that any abortionist can decide on his own whim when viability is. The practical effect of this was to redefine the Roe v. Wade 'viability' criteria as any time before birth. In other words, as long as the baby is in the womb, it is nonviable by definition.

This decision actually stated that, should the abortionist become aware that the unborn baby is viable, he is under no obligation to try to save its life or even to decrease its suffering.

Belotti v. Baird II and
Hunerwald v. Baird, 1979
(443 U.S. 622, No. 78-392)
July 2, 1979

These decisions upheld a state requirement that minors obtain parental consent for an abortion. This bill was passed by the Massachusetts state legislature over its governor's veto on August 12, 1974. It was challenged by abortionist Gerald Zupnick, abortion pusher Bill Baird, and anonymous plaintiff Mary Moe. Joining the suit as amici were the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts and the Crittenton Hastings House & Clinic.

However, those unable or unwilling to secure parental consent must be provided with an alternative procedure for obtaining permission to get an abortion if the minor demonstrates that she is sufficiently mature to make the independent decision, or if she is immature, to obtain an opinion that states that the abortion would be in her best interests. This decision is basically useless, since it is almost unheard of for a minor to be denied an abortion though the above mechanisms.

The Court said that "A pregnant minor is entitled in such a [court bypass] proceeding to show ... even if she [the minor] is not able to make this [abortion] decision independently, the desired abortion would be in her best interests."

Once again, the definition of the minor's "best interests" is infinitely flexible and expandable.

However, the Court held that

While we do not pretend any special wisdom on this subject, we cannot ignore that central to many of these theories, and deeply rooted in our nation's history and tradition, is the belief that the parental role implies a substantial measure of authority over one's children. Indeed, 'constitutional interpretation has consistently recognized that the parent's claim to authority in their own household to direct the rearing of their children is basic in the structure of our society.'

CASE #10
McRabe v. Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare
Zbarez v. Quern

The Hyde Amendment (banning Federal funding of abortions, except for certain specified instances) was found to be constitutional. The Supreme Court found that the Federal government may refuse to fund abortions for women on welfare. If such Federal funds are withdrawn, the States are under no obligation to replace them in whole or in part.

CASE #11
Williams and Diamond v. Zbarez
(448 U.S. 297, No. 79-4)
June 30, 1980

This case was the companion to Harris v. McRae, described below.

The Supreme Court ruled that the state of Illinois may refuse to fund "medically necessary" abortions without violating the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.

The plaintiffs included two abortionists and the usual anonymous "Jane Doe." Doe alleged that she was indigent and wanted to abort in order to safeguard her health, but not her life.

The District Court found, not only that the applicable Illinois statute was unconstitutional, but the Hyde Amendment as well. This latter judgment was beyond its jurisdiction, according to the Supreme Court (the Hyde Amendment restricted Federal funding of abortions).

The Court concluded that "As to the appellee's statutory argument, we have concluded in McRae that a participating state is not obligated under Title XIX to pay for those medically necessary abortions for which federal reimbursement is unavailable under the Hyde Amendment."

CASE #12
Harris v. McRae
(100 U.S. 267, No. 79-1268)
June 30, 1980

In this case, the Supreme Court held that the Hyde Amendment was constitutional.

The Hyde Amendment went into force in September of 1976, and it prohibited the use of federal funds to reimburse the cost of abortions under the Medicaid program.

The history of the Hyde Amendment is contained in Chapter 60, "Medicaid Funding for Abortion."

After a hearing, Judge John Dooling of New York City enjoined the Secretary of Health and Human Services from enforcing the Hyde Amendment, and ordered that federal payments for abortions continue as if the Amendment had never existed. He did not, however, rule on the constitutionality of the Hyde Amendment.

Dooling promulgated perhaps the most egregious example of legal pro-abortion propaganda ever seen in this country's court system. His rambling 642-page opinion stated, among other things, that;

• for the purposes of determining health criteria for abortion, "poverty is a medical condition;"

• that the court system will control the allocation of funds in abortion-related matters, not the Congress;

• that abortion is a "basic necessity of life" (talk about an oxymoron)!;

• "The physicians who reject all direct abortions do so on grounds other than a medical evaluation of condition and procedure;"

• "a constitutional wrong to citizens must be held to be irremediable if the wrong takes the form of a deliberate congressional failure to appropriate funds;

• and finally, as the crowning touch, the famous statement that "A woman's conscientious decision ... to terminate her pregnancy ... is nearly allied to her right to be."

On remand, the District Court permitted the intervention of several additional plaintiffs, who, among other arguments, held that the ban on abortion funding violated the religion clause of the First Amendment and the due process clause of the Fifth Amendment. In keeping with their long and dishonorable history of anti-Catholic bigotry, the plaintiffs asserted that the Roman Catholic Church was trying to impose its own opinion on when life begins on society at large.

Following a long trial, the District Court invalidated all portions of the Hyde Amendment due to the free exercise clause of the First Amendment and the due process clause of the Fifth Amendment.

The Supreme Court's majority opinion stated that

The Hyde Amendment, like the Connecticut welfare regulation at issue in Maher, places no governmental obstacle in the path of a woman who chooses to terminate her pregnancy, but rather, by means of unequal subsidization of abortion and other medical services, encourages alternative activity deemed in the public interest ... it simply does not follow that a woman's freedom of choice carries with it a constitutional entitlement to the financial resources to avail herself of the full range of protected choices.

... It is the appellee's view that the Hyde Amendment violates the establishment clause because it incorporates into law the doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church concerning the sinfulness of abortion and the time at which life commences ... It does not follow that a statute violates the establishment clause because it 'happens to coincide or harmonize with the tenets of some or all religions ' (McGowan v. Maryland). "... In sum, we are convinced that the fact that the funding restrictions in the Hyde Amendment may coincide with the religious tenets of the Roman Catholic Church does not contravene the establishment clause.

... This Court has held repeatedly that poverty, standing alone, is not a suspect classification.

The remaining question then is whether the Hyde Amendment is rationally related to a legitimate government objective. It is the government's position that the Hyde Amendment bears a rational relationship to its legitimate interest in protecting the potential life of the fetus. We agree ...

CASE #13
H.L. v. Matheson
(450 U.S. 398, No. 79-5903)
March 23, 1981

The anonymous "H.L." was a fifteen-year old girl living with her parents who became pregnant after fornicating. An abortionist advised her to kill her preborn child "in her own best interests," but because of a Utah statute requiring that parents be notified a week before their minor daughter has an abortion, did not kill the child himself.

The anonymous plaintiff filed a class action suit on behalf of all unmarried minors who "are suffering unwanted pregnancies" as a result of fornication.

The trial court and the Utah Supreme Court upheld the statute.

The Supreme Court also upheld the statute, noting that the plaintiff and all members of her "class" were not mature and were not emancipated, and therefore did not have standing to challenge the statute.

Chief Justice Burger delivered the majority opinion, which stated that

As applied to immature and dependent minors, the statute plainly serves the important considerations of family integrity and protecting adolescents ... In addition, the statute serves significant state interest by providing an opportunity for parents to supply essential medical and other information to a physician.

That the requirement of notice to parents may inhibit some minors from seeking abortions is not a valid basis to void the statute as applied to appellant and the class properly before us.

Unfortunately, the Court's opinion actually furthered the ability of "mature" minors to get abortions, because it stated that the parents must be notified a week before their daughter has an abortion by the abortionist, "if possible." Of course, "if possible" can be so loosely defined by any abortionist as to be literally meaningless.

CASE #14
City of Akron v. Akron Center for Reproductive Health, Inc.
(No. 81-746)
June 15, 1983

In February of 1978 the City of Akron passed an abortion regulation ordinance that required that;

• All first-trimester abortions must be committed in a hospital;

• An unmarried minor needs parental consent before an abortion;

• The attending abortionist must make certain statements that constitute full informed consent;

• There be a 24-hour waiting period before abortions; and

• The remains of aborted babies must be disposed of in a "humane and sanitary manner."

Within two months, three abortion mills and an abortionist filed suit to challenge all of the provisions of the ordinance. In August 1979, the District Court invalidated all provisions of the ordinance except hospitalization for abortions after the first trimester, the 24-hour waiting period, and informed consent as far as certain risks to the woman are concerned.

Plaintiffs and defendants both appealed the District Court's judgment, and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed in part and reversed in part.

The United States Supreme Court reversed the judgement of the Court of Appeals that upheld Akron's hospitalization requirement, and affirmed the rest of the judgment, which struck down various of the ordinance's provisions. The Court held that the requirement to be hospitalized for second- and third-trimester abortions was "a significant obstacle in the path of women seeking an abortion."

The Supreme Court also affirmed the District Court decision that a requirement that any information given to women regarding fetal development, alternatives to abortion, and even information on possible abortion complications is unconstitutional.

This last portion of the Supreme Court's decision caused Akron to become known to pro-life legal activists as the "ignorance on demand" policy.

In summary, the Supreme Court stated that the preborn babies who are killed by; abortion don't even have the right to be buried. They are nothing but 'biological waste,' commonly left in trash cans and on loading docks to be food for rats and roving packs of dogs.

CASE #15
Planned Parenthood Association of Kansas City, Missouri v. Ashcroft
(No. 81-1255)
June 15, 1983

This is the companion decision to Akron, above.

A Missouri statute required that abortions after the 12th week of pregnancy be performed in a hospital; parental notification or judicial bypass for minors seeking an abortion; the presence of a second doctor at abortions performed after viability in order to preserve the life of the baby; and pathology reports for each abortion.

Planned Parenthood Association of Kansas City, Missouri, challenged these rules in court. The Supreme Court ruled that all of the requirements were constitutional except the one that stated that second-trimester abortions be performed in hospitals, because, as the Court held, such a restriction would "unreasonably infringes upon a woman's constitutional right to obtain an abortion."

The Supreme Court upheld the following requirements: a pathology report for each abortion, the presence of a second physician when viability has been attained by the baby, and parental consent or juvenile court consent for minor's abortions.

CASE #16
Bowen v. American Association of Hospitals, Inc.
June 9, 1986

The Court struck down Reagan Administration regulations which were intended to prevent non-treatment of handicapped newborns. These regulations were commonly known as the Baby Doe Regulations, and were based upon the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The Court found a parent's 'right' to refuse treatment for their children, based upon the 'right to privacy.' This right to privacy is paramount even over the child's right to be spared an agonizing death by thirst and starvation.

CASE #17
Thornberg v. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
June 11, 1986

A Pennsylvania law that required informed consent, abortion reporting, and the protection of viable unborn children was found to be unconstitutional.

CASE #18
Conn v. Conn, November 14, 1988

In the first 'father's rights' case brought before the Supreme Court, it ruled unanimously by refusing to hear a lower court case that a father has no rights or claim whatsoever to his unborn child.

James Bopp of the National Right to Life Committee represented Erin Andrew Conn of Elkhart, Indiana, who won a court order in June 1988 barring his wife, six weeks pregnant, from having an abortion. A state appeals court overturned this ruling, and the Indiana Supreme Court upheld the appeals court ruling. A dissenting judge stated that "At least up to now, no right has been determined to be absolute."

Jennifer Conn had her abortion.

It is not surprising that the United States Supreme Court refused to hear this appeal, because even it is constrained by its own prior rulings, in particular the Danforth decision.

CASE #19
Webster v. Reproductive Health Services, Inc.
July 5, 1989

In the most publicized Supreme Court decision of all time, the Justices upheld portions of the Missouri law designed to protect life from conception and place other restrictions upon abortion. A record 74 amicus briefs were filed in this action, and a "March for Reproductive Rights," drawing more than 300,000 participants, took place a week before oral arguments were heard on April 26, 1989.

Most importantly, Chief Justice William Rehnquist asserted that the "key elements" of the 'abortion right' the right to privacy and the "Constitutional right to abortion" simply do not exist. Justice O'Connor hinted that there would be "plenty of time" to re-examine (and possibly overturn) Roe in future cases. Justice Scalia stated outright that Roe should be scrapped. Harry Blackmun wrote his usual scathing and bitter dissent and, as the Court recessed for the summer, he even left by a separate exit from the rest of his colleagues. Justice Stevens, in a separate dissent, wrote that the Missouri law was a First Amendment violation in that it adopts a particular religious view of when human life begins.

The Court sidestepped the Missouri statute that proclaimed that life begins at conception. There was no need to address its Constitutionality because it would not be used to restrict access to abortion.

The Court ruled that physicians may now make tests to determine the viability of any unborn baby past 20 weeks. Additionally, state funds, employees, and hospitals may not be used to provide or counsel for abortions.

Although this ruling would directly affect only about one percent of all abortions (those performed in publicly-funded facilities), the uproar was deafening. The pro-aborts promised extensive civil disobedience and illegal activity.

CASE #20
Rust v. Sullivan
(No. 89-1391)
May 23, 1991

This decision upheld the constitutionality of the government's decision to cut off Title X family planning funds to those organizations that promote or perform abortions. Planned Parenthood lost tens of millions of annual tax dollars due to this decision because it stated that it would rather give up this money that stop providing the "complete range of family planning services."

Planned Parenthood officials also whined that the decision would "hurt poor women." However, PP apparently loves abortion so much that it was willing to give up millions just to be able to continue killing preborn babies.

After the Supreme Court's Rust v. Sullivan decision, the National Organization for Women (NOW) blew all of its fuses and elevated itself to a comical degree of hysteria. Among other activities, it formally accused the "Rehnquist Five" (who voted on the pro-life side) of the "crime" of "high treason" and for "failure to support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America."[19]

CASE #21
Planned Parenthood v. Casey
June 29, 1992


Previous Abortion Control Acts. The Pennsylvania legislature had been trying since shortly after Roe v. Wade to enact protective statutes for preborn children.

The original Pennsylvania Abortion Control Act took effect on October 10, 1974. This statute held that;

• Written consent of the husband prior to an abortion is required;

• Parental consent for a minor's abortion is required;

• Reporting of the above information by abortion clinics is required;

• Licensing of all abortion facilities by the State of Pennsylvania Health Department is required;

• The definition of "viability" would mean the ability of the preborn baby to live outside the mother's womb, even with artificial aids;

• No abortions are allowed after viability except to preserve the life or health of the mother;

• Disposal of aborted preborn babies in a dignified and humane manner is required;

• Abortion advertising is prohibited, except in the Yellow Pages; and

• No state funding for abortions is allowed, except to save the life of the mother.

The law was immediately challenged by Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania and most of its meaningful controls were held unconstitutional by a three-judge federal district court in the case known as Planned Parenthood v. Fitzpatrick (401 Fed. Suppl. 554, Civil Action No. 74-2440, U.S. District Court, Eastern District, Pennsylvania, decided September 4, 1975).

The elements of the Abortion Control Act that were held unconstitutional by the federal court were the spousal and parental consent and reporting provisions, the definition of "viability," and the restriction on funding.

Significantly, Planned Parenthood argued that "menstrual extraction" is a true abortion procedure, asserting that "Under certain circumstances, the procedure known as menstrual extraction can be, and desirably is performed prior to the time when an average facility can determine with absolute certainty whether or not the patient is pregnant."

The Case At Bar.

In 1988, the Pennsylvania state legislature amended the state's 1982 Abortion Control Act. After the Supreme Court's July 1989 Webster decision, it amended the Act a second time to include several portions that had been held unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in its June 6, 1986 Thornberg v. ACOG ruling (described above).

After the modified Abortion Control Act was passed, five abortion clinics (including Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania) and an abortionist obtained an injunction preventing implementation of some of its provisions.

The Pennsylvania legislature amended the Abortion Control Act once again in 1989, and the plaintiffs asked the court to extend the 1988 injunction to cover the new aspects of the law. This request was granted.

Elements of the Abortion Control Act.


At issue in this case were four central components of the Pennsylvania Abortion Control Act. These are listed below.

Informed Consent and Waiting Period.

At least 24 hours prior to aborting, a woman must be given certain information by the abortionist or the doctor referring for the abortion. These facts include information on the development of her child, on the risks of the particular abortion procedure she would be undergoing, and the medical risks of carrying the child to term. The woman must also be told that alternatives to abortion are available. After this counseling is finished, the woman must sign a form stating that she has received the information.

These articles are not applicable if a "medical emergency" exists, or if the abortionist can show that the provision of such information would have a "severely adverse effect on the physical or mental health of the patient."

Parental Consent.

Unemancipated minors must obtain the consent of one of their parents. In seeking this consent, the information that is required under the informed consent portion of the statute must be provided to the parent(s). A judicial bypass provision is available. As with informed consent, parental consent is not required in a "medical emergency."

Spousal Notification.

A married woman must present to the abortionist a signed statement that she has notified her husband of her decision to abort. This article is not necessary if she is pregnant by another man, if her husband could not be located after "diligent effort," if the pregnancy was the result of spousal rape that has been reported to law enforcement agencies, or if the woman believes that spousal notification will result in bodily injury to her. Once again, notification is not required in "medical emergencies."


Abortion mills must file quarterly reports with the state detailing how many abortions they performed. If the mills receive public funds, this information will be made public. For each abortion performed, the abortionist must file with the state public health department, among other items, the basis for determining the gestational age of the child, the basis of any judgment declaring a "medical emergency," and the justification for third-trimester abortions.

Higher Court Decisions.

The Federal district court judge ruled all of these articles unconstitutional, but was partially reversed by the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals on October 21, 1991. The Circuit Court found all articles of the Abortion Control Act except spousal notification to be constitutional.

On June 29, 1992, the Supreme Court handed down its decision. It agreed with the Circuit Court in finding all portions of the Pennsylvania Abortion Control Act constitutional except for the spousal notification provision.

However, the Court adopted Justice O'Connor's "undue burden" criteria, which means that states may not pass a law that creates "absolute obstacles or severe limitations on the abortion decision."

Justice Harry Blackmun, author of the genocidal Roe v. Wade decision, simpered that "Now, just when so many expected the darkness to fall, the flame has grown bright." Perhaps he was referring to the flames of the abortuary ovens.

Justices Sandra O'Connor, Anthony Kennedy, and David Souter wrote that "The woman's right to terminate her pregnancy before viability is the most central principle of Roe v. Wade. It is a rule of law and a component of liberty we cannot renounce."

Justice Souter spoke from the bench, taking the strictly utilitarian viewpoint and claiming that to overrule Roe v. Wade "would subvert the court's legitimacy beyond any reasonable question. If the court were undermined, the country would also be so ... Roe has not proven unworkable in practice."

In the gush of rhetoric that followed the decision, few people noticed that four justices Rehnquist, White, Scalia and Thomas voted to overturn Roe outright.

Although many pro-lifers did not notice immediately, the Supreme Court gave them the best possible decision from a strategic standpoint. Most of the Pennsylvania law was upheld, but Roe v. Wade was not overturned directly, thus denying pro-abortionists badly-needed ammunition in the fight to elect a pro-abortion president in November of 1992 ammunition, as it turned out, they didn't need in the first place.

References: The Supreme Court and Abortion.

The experience of other countries] throws into high relief the extremism of America's judge-made abortion law. In Western nations where abortion policy has been left up to the people and their elected representatives, all the compromises that have emerged have been more protective of unborn life than Roe v. Wade.

                                                     Mary Ann Glendon, The Wall Street Journal.[20]

[1] Lucinda Finley, lawyer for the Pro-Choice Network of New York. Quoted in Paul Likoudis. "Jaws of Hell Open Wide in Buffalo." The Wanderer, May 7, 1992, page 1.

[2] Alasdair MacIntyre. Whose Justice? Whose Rationality? Quoted in Thomas J. Bieter's letter entitled "Guilty Clients" in Fidelity Magazine, April 1989, page 4.

[3] National Federation for Decency Journal, February 1987.

[4] National Federation for Decency Journal, September 1987, pages 7 and 8.

[5] Patrick Trueman. "Respect for Life: Essential for Judicial Appointments." National Right to Life News, November 24, 1979, page 2.

[6] Quotes are from Jonathon Green. The Cynic's Lexicon. New York: St. Martin's Press. 1984, 220 pages.

[7] Legal Times, March 4, 1985, page A35.

[8] Marian Faux. Roe v. Wade: The Untold Story of the Landmark Supreme Court Decision That Made Abortion Legal. MacMillan, 370 pages.

[9] See also Senate Documents No. 99-16 (1982) and No. 100-9 (1986).

[10] Douglas Johnson. "81 Congressmen File Brief Urging Court to Retain Roe." National Right to Life News, September 26, 1985, page 7.

[11] Todd Ackerman, "Woman Claims She Lied in Landmark Abortion Ruling." National Catholic Register, January 8, 1989, page 1.

[12] Sue Reilly. "Norma McCorvey Tells Story Behind Roe v. Wade." Los Angeles Daily News, April 23, 1989.

[13] Joan Moseley. "I Am Mary Doe." Renaissance Magazine, Summer 1989, pages 20 to 21 and 27 to 28.

[14] Paulette Likoudis. "Community Passes Pro-Life Resolution." The Wanderer, May 11, 1989, pages 1 and 9.

[15] Samuel D. Warren and Louis D. Brandeis. "The Right to Privacy." Harvard Law Review, December 1890.

[16] Marie Shelton. "Abortion Often Causes Guilt, Regret, Poll Finds." Sacramento Bee, March 19, 1989, page A7.

[17] In re Unborn Baby H., No. 84C01 8804JP185, slip opinion at 1-2 (Vigo County, Indiana Circuit Court, April 8, 1988).

[18] Dr. Bernard M. Dickens, writing in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Quoted in Donald DeMarco. In My Mother's Womb: The Catholic Church's Defense of Natural Life. Manassas, Virginia: Trinity Communications. 1987, pages 59 and 62.

[19] NOW resolution of July 1991 entitled "Impeach the Rehnquist Five."

[20] Mary Ann Glendon. "U.S. Abortion Law." The Wall Street Journal, July 1, 1992.

[21] Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, in his speech delivered after accepting an award from the Individual Rights Section of the American Bar Association. Quoted in Julianne Malveaux. "'Big Tent' Appearances Within GOP Deceiving." The Oregonian, August 26, 1992, page B5.

Further Reading: The Courts and Abortion.

Do the right thing and let the law catch up with you.

                                                           Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.[21]

American Civil Liberties Union. Defending the Right to Choose
This 65-page booklet, published by the fanatically pro-abortion ACLU, is essential for any pro-life organizer's library. It describes in detail the tactics that pro-aborts and clinics may use to defend against picketing and rescue missions, and also describes the limits of the rights of protesters. It is, in fact, a blueprint for pro-abortion defensive strategy. If you obtain only one book on street activism, this must be the one, because by knowing your enemy's tactics and strategy, you can avoid being taken by surprise, and you can better plan your own activities. You can pick up a copy from your local ACLU office.

Dave Andrusko (editor). A Passion for Justice
National Right to Life Committee, 419 7th Street NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20004. 1988, 160 pages. This is one of an excellent continuing series of National Right to Life Committee books that summarize the preceding year in the courts and legislatures, and looks ahead to future years.

Judge Robert H. Bork. The Tempting of America: The Political Seduction of the Law
Free Press, 448 pages, 1989. Reviewed by United States Senator Orrin G. Hatch on pages 39 and 40 of the December 22, 1989 issue of National Review. Judge Bork touches briefly on his bitter United States Supreme Court confirmation fight and then goes on to cogently examine the basic problems involving law at the highest level in our land today. The problem he deals with most is the tendency of the Supreme Court to make law, not interpret it, depending upon prevailing social mores or the justices' desire to create these mores.

Marian Faux. Roe v. Wade: The Untold Story of the Landmark Supreme Court Decision That Made Abortion Legal
New York: Macmillan, 1988. 330 pages. Reviewed by Maggie Gallagher on page 45 of the July 22, 1988 issue of National Review. This book is interesting primarily because it is so profoundly trivial in nature when compared to those written on the same subject by Judge Noonan, Dr. Nathanson, Judge Hekman, and many others. The author purports to 'examine' the infamous Roe v. Wade decision from the pro-abort's viewpoint. However, since the decision and the pro-abort view are both insupportable, most of the book addresses not the decision or its underpinnings, but instead parrots tired slogans 'justifying' abortion and trivia about the day-to-day life of the plaintiffs (i.e., one of the pro-abort lawyers was very vain about her hair). It also repeats all of the old slander about pro-lifers and adds some new pro-abort slogans (example: pregnancy is an 'injury' to all women). Interestingly, the author's name is French for "false."

Stephen Freind. God's Children
New York: Morrow, 1987. 538 pages. A fictional story of Kevin Murray, a Pennsylvania legislator who is the statewide leader of the pro-life movement.

Judge Randall J. Hekman. Justice for the Unborn
Servant Books: Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1984. This is the personal story of a rare judge who stood up to the system by denying a 13-year old girl an abortion petition, and by doing so, stirred up a firestorm of protest from radical far-left groups and the press. Judge Hekman also reviews the inherent illegality of so-called 'legal' abortion, and examines its consequences for society.

Dennis J. Horan, Edward R. Grant, and Paige C. Cunningham. Abortion and the Constitution: Reversing Roe v. Wade Through the Courts
Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 1987, 374 pages. Reviewed by Lynn Wardle, Professor of Law, Brigham Young University, on pages 5 and 6 of the November 19, 1987 issue of National Right to Life News. This collection of papers on the background and history of abortion, Roe v. Wade, and strategies for attacking the Abortion Decisions, is often used by pro-life attorneys and makes relatively easy reading for the lay activist. This is the book to read for an understanding of the judicial underpinnings of abortion in our country.

H. Wayne House (editor). Restoring the Constitution: Essays in Celebration of the Bicentennial
Dallas: Probe Books. 1987, 350 pages. A superb anthology of nine detailed Constitutional essays by conservative luminaries. These essays address primarily the concepts of judicial constraint and the interpretation of the Constitution and entail discussions of abortion, homosexuality, contraception, euthanasia, and many other life issues from the legal point of view.

Issues in Law and Medicine. 
Edited by James Bopp, Jr. Available as six bimonthly issues, through a two-year subscription. Information and updates on the legal and medical issues pertaining to medical treatment for handicapped and disabled persons of all ages. Order from the National Legal Center for the Medically Dependent and Disabled, Post Office Box 1586, Terre Haute, Indiana 47808-1586.

Robert G. Marshall. The Collapse of American Justice (And How to Reverse It)
American Life Education and Research Trust (ALERT). 44 pages, 1985. Excellent summaries of all of the important Supreme Court and Circuit Court abortion decisions. Order from American Life League, Post Office Box 1350, Stafford, Virginia 22555.

P. McGuigan and R. Rader (editors). A Blueprint for Judicial Reform
Free Congress Research and Education Foundation, 1981. Reviewed by Lynn D. Wardle, Esq., on page 5 of the May 20, 1982 issue of National Right to Life News.

Father Edwin J. Melvin. A Nation Built On God
Our Sunday Visitor, Noll Plaza, Huntington, Indiana 46750. 1975, 223 pages. An analysis of the role of the United States Supreme Court in turning our country's path away from our Founding Father's theistic principles. A very readable and enjoyable analysis of a critically important subject.

Barbara Milbauer and Bert O. Obretz. The Law Giveth
Athenaeum Press, 1983. 307 pages. Reviewed by Patrick B. McGuigan and Teresa L. Donovan on pages 7 and 9 of the November 24, 1983 issue of National Right to Life News. This book is similar to an extensive law review article on the series of Supreme Court decisions dealing with abortion until the year 1982. Unfortunately, the author's obvious pro-abortion bias causes her to sink into slogans frequently, and causes her to have a skewed theory of the law.

National Right to Life News. 
This is the National Right to Life Committee's biweekly publication. It deals primarily with the legislative pro-life scene from a national viewpoint, and is concerned not only with abortion but also with the rapidly-expanding euthanasia threat. It is probably the best overall source of information on ongoing state and federal involvement in all three branches in both abortion and euthanasia. Most local Right to Life affiliate groups file back issues of this magazine. If you want to know what's going on with the Supreme Court, congressional bills, or the attitudes and voting records of individual congressmen, this paper can't be beat. Write to 419-7th Street NW, Fifth Floor, Washington, D.C., 20004, or call (202) 626-8800.

Richard Neely. How Courts Govern America
Yale University Press, 1981. 226 pages. Reviewed by Rita Radich, Esq., on page 5 of the May 20, 1982 issue of National Right to Life News.

Bernard H. Siegan. The Supreme Court's Constitution: An Inquiry into Judicial Review and Its Impact On Society
Transaction Books, Rutgers State University, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08903. 1987, 216 pages. This book consists of a series of compartmentalized essays on the various specific aspects of Supreme Court activism that have impacted the life issues, including abortion, the Establishment of Religion Clause, racial quotas, gender, and the First Amendment.

Laurence H. Tribe. Abortion: The Clash of Absolutes
W.W. Norton & Company Publishers, 270 pages, 1990. Reviewed by Brian Robertson on page 48 of the July 9, 1990 issue of National Review. The nutcase who asserts that women "speak with their bodies" when they abort here attempts to shore up the crumbling foundation of the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade. If you are a Neoliberal abortophile, he will appear to have done a fine job. If you are any kind of Constitutional scholar, you will be fascinated at the depth of self-deception that even lawyers (especially lawyers) are capable of. This book provides fine insight into the typical 'logic' of the fevered Neoliberal mind.

Lynn Wardle. The Abortion Privacy Doctrine
Buffalo, New York: William S. Hein and Company, 1981. 311 pages. Reviewed by Rita Radich on page 7 of the January 11, 1982 issue of National Right to Life News. The definitive study of abortion case law.

Lynn D. Wardle and Mary Anne Wood. A Lawyer Looks At Abortion
Brigham Young University Press, 1981. 209 pages. Reviewed by Gorver Rees III on pages 9 and 11 of the June 10, 1982 issue of National Right to Life News. All aspects of the abortion controversy thoroughly and lucidly explained.

Bob Woodward and Scott Armstrong. The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1979. A gold mine of information on the inner workings of the Supreme Court, including much revealing background on the Abortion Decisions.

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