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Happy Father’s Day


Before Justice Ginsburg succeeds in outlawing it, and in order to reinforce “traditional sex-based differences in parental roles” (at least insofar as those traditional differences reflect the wonderful and natural complementary differences between mother and father), may I wish all readers who have been blessed with the joys and responsibilities of fatherhood a very happy Father’s Day!

Fittingly enough, I suppose, I will spend a good chunk of Father’s Day weekend preparing my testimony for a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing next Thursday (before the Constitution subcommittee) on Roe v. Wade. Everyone ought to make a practice of reading Roe and its companion case, Doe v. Bolton, every so often. It’s truly amazing how lousy they are. And everyone likewise ought to read the joint opinion in Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992) to see what a grandiose misunderstanding of the Supreme Court’s role the three Justices (O’Connor, Kennedy, and Souter) who signed their names to the lead opinion have.


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