Sunday, October 28, 2007

Abortion Agonistes

According to a new study—the first global analysis since 1995—conducted by the WHO and the Guttmacher Institute, outlawing abortion does little to deter its incidence.

Katha Pollitt wants to know why there aren't any pro-life organizations that endorse contraception? Even Democrats for Life of America has refused to support congressional legislation expanding funding for contraception.

George Will reminds pro-lifers that a Republican-appointed court will not necessarily overturn Roe:

[O]ne of the justices who thinks Roe was improperly decided might nevertheless reason as Chief Justice William Rehnquist finally did concerning the "Miranda rights" of arrested persons—the right, arising from a 1966 ruling, to be notified of their right to counsel and their right to remain silent. Rehnquist repeatedly and strongly argued that the Constitution, properly read, did not require the ruling, which he thought impeded effective police work. But when in 2000 a case gave the court an opportunity to overrule Miranda v. Arizona, Rehnquist wrote the majority opinion in a 7 to 2 decision upholding it. He wrote:

"Miranda has become embedded in routine police practice to the point where the warnings have become part of our national culture. While we have overruled our precedents when subsequent cases have undermined their doctrinal underpinnings, we do not believe that this has happened to the Miranda decision."