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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Prof. Garnett Says Kmiec Is Missing the Point

Over at National Review Online, Prof. Rick Garnett argues that Kmiec is missing the point by his support for Obama: reducing the total number of abortions is not the only pro-life goal; overruling Roe is just as, or even more, important:
Yes, overruling Roe would not end abortion (though it would certainly make a difference). This side of Heaven, I'm afraid, nothing will. The problem with Roe, though, is not just that because it facilitates wrong choices by private persons; it is also, and fundamentally, at odds with our constitutional structure and with democratic self-government. As long as Roe is the law, We the People are not allowed to write into law the conviction - assuming that it is or becomes our conviction - that the unborn child ought to be protected from lethal private violence. The debate is cut off; the conversation is silenced; the "dialogue" that is so often celebrated by the same people who are enthusiastic about Sen. Obama is distorted.
(As an aside, I also believe that the numbers of abortions will go up under an Obama presidency, considering his Freedom of Choice Act and commitment to eliminate abortion restrictions and increase funding.)

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