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How the 14th Amendment Protects the Right to Life

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While the reasoning of Roe v. Wade has been widely and justly criticized, there’s a part of Justice Blackmun’s argument that has not received nearly enough scrutiny. His argument that the Constitution’s protections for “persons” do not apply to unborn children was very weak. At Bloomberg Opinion, I take up the problems in the argument, and the implications of the 14th Amendment’s guarantee that all persons will have the protection of the laws.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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