Magazine November 29, 2021, Issue

Abortion as Anti-law

An anti-abortion demonstrator holds a replica of a human fetus as demonstrators gather outside the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C., June 29, 2020. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)
We have lost sight of the ground of our own rights

My wife and I landed in Washington, D.C., for the first time on June 7, 1965, searching for an apartment, and on that day the headlines were beaming the news: The Supreme Court had just opened a new era by proclaiming a constitutional right to contraception in Griswold v. Connecticut. While the case had been cast as a problem for withholding that freedom from married couples, it did not take long for it to be extended to everyone else.

Fast-forward a few decades: It’s March 2014, and I’m arriving at the Supreme Court to hear the oral argument in Burwell v.

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Hadley Arkes is the Ney Professor of Jurisprudence Emeritus at Amherst College, the founder of the James Wilson Institute on Natural Rights & the American Founding, and the architect of the Born-Alive Infants Protection Acts.

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