Thursday, September 15, 2005

Was Roe v. Wade Misinterpreted?

The linked story, in the LA Times of all places, talks about the history of the Roe v. Wade ruling. From the article
"Last year, on the fifth anniversary of Blackmun's death, the Library of Congress opened his papers to the public. His thick files on the abortion cases tell the little-known story of how Roe vs. Wade came to be. It is the story of a rookie justice, unsure of himself and his abilities, who set out to write a narrow ruling that would reform abortion laws, not repeal them."

Could it be that a society, in the midst of a liberal de-evolution, could have misinterpreted a ruling of the Supreme Court to suit it's own agenda? Yea, I think it might be so.

Your friendly ignited drake is not an attorney so I can't vouch for the veracity of the history lesson but I sure would like to believe it. I wonder if the notion of "stare decisis" (which speaks to the sanctity of previous judicial decisions) would allow a decision to be overturned or modified if it could be shown that the affect of that decision was not in keeping with intent. One can only hope.

Read the whole article called Roe Ruling: More Than Its Author Intended - Los Angeles Times and form your own opinion.