Bench Memos

The Right to Life vs. the Right to Lie

Far be it from me to complain that Kathryn runs too much content here at NRO (can there be too much?), but there’s an excellent piece today that is so far down the homepage you might miss it: Walter M. Weber’s take on the holding of the New Jersey Supreme Court the other day that a physician cannot be held liable for misinforming pregnant women about what they carry inside them.  The court told a whopper of its own when, as Weber puts it, it “declared that there was ‘clearly no consensus’ on whether an embryo is, as a matter of ‘biological fact’ a ‘human being.’”  Until we encounter a case of a woman whelping a litter of puppies, it would seem to be undoubted that the beings borne by pregnant women are human ones.


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