Magazine November 29, 2021, Issue

Inhuman Nature

Justice Harry Blackmun in 1973 (Bettmann/Contributor/Getty Images)
The false anthropology of Roe

Roe v. WadePlanned Parent­hood v. Casey, and the other precedents that compose the Supreme Court’s jurisprudence of abortion should be overturned and consigned to the ash heap of history because they have for decades imposed on the nation, without constitutional warrant, an extreme, incoherent, and deeply unjust regime pursuant to specious reasoning and constantly changing rules, standards, and rationales. Fidelity to the Constitution, the judicial role, and the goods served by the prudential doctrine of stare decisis — stability, transparency, sustainability, and the perceived integrity of the judicial process — are sufficient reasons for the Court in the upcoming

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O. Carter Snead — Mr. Snead is a professor of law and the director of the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of What It Means to Be Human: The Case for the Body in Public Bioethics.

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End Roe

In this special issue, we examine the legal arguments, the policy arguments, and the social arguments for finally ending the Roe era in America.

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