Donald R. McClarey

January 22, 1973: Roe v. Wade

Forty-five years since Roe was handed down.  The main evil of Roe of course is the 60 million innocents slaughtered as a result of it.  A secondary evil is the corruption of our judicial system.  In Roe we have a

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Stamped With the Divine Image

These communities, by their representatives in old  Independence Hall, said to the whole world of men: “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;

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Roe V. Wade and the Right to Rule Ourselves

  On January 22, 1973 the United States Supreme Court in the case of Roe v. Wade and in the companion case of Doe v. Bolton made up a Constitutional right to abortion out of thin air.  There was nothing in the

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To All His Creatures

    These communities, by their representatives in old  Independence Hall, said to the whole world of men: “We  hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are  created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with  certain

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Scalia on Roe

  There is a poignant aspect to today’s opinion. Its length, and what might be called its epic tone, suggest that its authors believe they are bringing to an end a troublesome era in the history of our Nation and

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An Exercise in Raw Judicial Power

As we observe the sad forty-second anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that overturned all state laws banning abortions and effectively served as a judicial death warrant for tens of millions of innocents, I think it is appropriate

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Endless Debates

    The New York Times hilariously believes that by agreeing to take up the question of gay marriage, the Court will resolve the issue, the Times assuming, as I do, that the Court is likely to strike down all

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Defending the Indefensible

      My old legal ethics (Yeah, I know, attorneys are taught ethics?) professor, Ron Rotunda, has a fascinating opinion piece in the Chicago Tribune recalling a time in 1994 when he was in a small group that heard the late

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Generations

For the Lord is sweet, his mercy endureth for ever, and his truth to generation and generation. Psalm 99:  5   At the heart of the controversy in these cases are those recurring pregnancies that pose no danger whatsoever to

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Roe and Back Alley Abortions

    The prosecution is ready to rest in the murder trial of the abortionist Kermit Gosnell.  Yesterday was the last day of testimony for the prosecution, and they ended with a tale that plumbs the absolute bottom of the sad chronicle

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Sarah Palin on Roe and Obama

    Forty years ago today the Supreme Court rendered its Roe v. Wade decision. Those who believe in the sanctity of human life and long to see America embrace a culture in which innocent life is honored and protected

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Nothing Says Romance Like Genocide!

Hattip to Matt Archbold at Creative Minority Report.  Nope the above ad is not a parody, but was actually put out by The Center for Reproductive Rights. Doctor Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, Jr., mother of six and a strong pro-life advocate,

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Abortion Q & A

On my blog. Thanks to the efforts of Ron Paul and other pro-life libertarians, I’ve found that it is no longer automatically assumed that libertarians are pro-abortion. This is as it should be.  

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Trembling for my Country

Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep forever. Thomas Jefferson, 1785 I have always agreed with this sentiment of President Abraham Lincoln: “Woe unto the world because of offenses;

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The Worst Supreme Court Decision of All-Time

As bad as yesterday’s Supreme Court decision was, it doesn’t hold a candle to one handed down twenty years ago today. On this date in 1992, the Court decided the case of Casey v. Planned Parenthood. People might be disappointed with

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Gosnell, Abortion and Reality

  “What we want, and all we want, is to have with us the men who think slavery wrong. But those who say they hate slavery, and are opposed to it, but yet act with the Democratic party — where

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Stupak Deal with Obama, The End of the Pro Life Democrat?

US Catholic Bishops: Executive Order Deal A Non-Starter: We’ve consulted with legal experts on the specific idea of resolving the abortion funding problems in the Senate bill through executive order. We know Members have been looking into this in good

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"a sad infidelity to America's highest ideals"

[N]o one in the world who prizes liberty and human rights can feel anything but a strong kinship with America. Yours is the one great nation in all of history that was founded on the precept of equal rights and

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Are All Abortions Equal?

As a matter of first principle, yes. As a matter of law, no, and such compromises are frequently necessary. Ross Douthat explains (is it just me, or does he seem somehow less influential as a New York Times columnist than

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Mary Ann Glendon

Mary Ann Glendon, Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard, is in the limelight now for her decision to deprive Jenkins of his fig-leaf over his invitation to honor Obama on May 17, 2009.  I am not surprised by this

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Scalia on Stare Decisis and Roe

Hattip to the ever eagle eyed Jay Anderson at Pro Ecclesia.   Justice Antonin Scalia on stare decisis and Roe.  By the way, Scalia’s low estimate of Roe as a legal opinion is pretty nearly universal in the legal world.  Liberal attorneys

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MoralAccountability.com

A new website: MoralAccountability.com. This is their mission statement: In the course of the 2008 presidential campaign, a small group of Catholic and Evangelical Protestant intellectuals and activists, while saying that they personally support legal protection for the unborn and

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Proposal: The Fair Fight Initiative

As is observed every time we discuss Supreme Court appointments, there is very little pro-life progress possible under the Roe v. Wade regime, because anything which is seen as unduly obstructing a woman’s access to terminate her pregnancy (and thus

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How To Argue About Roe

One of the most common complaints directed at pro-lifers is that they are trying to overturn a Supreme Court decision that is popular with the American public. In one respect, this is a fair point. Roughly sixty percent of the

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Cardinal: Obama "Aggressive … and Apocalyptic"

His Eminence the polite and soft-spoken James Francis Cardinal Stafford head of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Penitentiary gave a lecture on November 13 at the Keane Auditorium at Catholic University of America last week titled, “Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul

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Bishops Call For Both/And Approach to Life

Election fever is catching everybody these days, even bishops, and since it’s so fashionable to issue clarifying statements about the 30+ page Faithful Citizenship document, Cardinal Justin Rigali (chairman of the USCCB* Committee on Pro-Life Activities) and Bishop William Murphy (chairman

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Kmiec on Korzen, Kelly and Chaput – A Matter of Priorities

“Catholic Answers: Two books for voters who take their faith seriously”– Doug Kmiec, who has lately become something of a poster-boy and spokesman for ‘Catholics for Obama’, reviews Archbishop Chaput’s Render unto Caesar: Serving the Nation by Living Our Catholic

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