For the Love of Roe

Abortion activists outside the Supreme Court in 2002. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters)
Democrats still hang their hat on one of the most poorly reasoned Supreme Court cases in history.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE F orty-seven years ago, seven men handed down a judicial decision manufacturing a constitutional right to abortion, a ruling critiqued even by liberal scholars who support its outcome. Roe v. Wade not only overrode the contemporaneous public debate but also robbed voters of the ability to express their will through elections and the legislative action of their representatives.

But today, abortion proponents defend the Supreme Court’s undemocratic decision using pro-democracy arguments. Progressive politicians, along with NARAL Pro-Choice America and Planned Parenthood, routinely cite the statistic that seven in ten Americans oppose overturning Roe.

Set aside the fact that only a slim majority of


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