What Can We Learn from US Supreme Court History? The US Supreme Court has had some horrifying decisions throughout its history. Among the most prominent: Dred Scott v Sandford (enslaved people were still enslaved even when moved to a free state), Plessy v. Ferguson (“separate but equal” racial segregation), Buck v. Bell (involuntary sterilization) and of course the companion cases of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. The first was overturned by constitutional amendment, the second by the Court itself decades later, and the third was never overturned but is widely regarded as an embarrassment by those who know about it. What lessons can we draw from knowing about these cases, what their consequences were, and how they’ve been dealt with? Rachel MacNair considers Our Experience with Overturning Terrible Court Decisions.
Top: Dred Scott and Harriet Robinson Scott, Homer Plessy Middle: Carrie Buck and her mother Emma Buck, Carrie’s daughter Vivian Bottom: “Jane Roe” – Norma McCorvey and “Mary Doe” – Sandra Cano
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We Need Quotations!
Please remember to send in all kinds of items to share, but our quotation bank is running a little low, so we’d be especially pleased for people to send in their favorite consistent-life quotations for future use. This can include quotations from people who actually favor different forms of violence, but link them with how they reason about them – “seamless shroud.” They can be either current or historical. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quotation of the Week Rosemary Bottcher “Free Choice Can Cost Others” Originally in the Tallahassee Democrat, August 8 1982 Republished in ProLife Feminism:Yesterday & Today (2005). The word “choice” has become a magical incantation; breathe it into a liberal ear and the liberal mind becomes hypnotized. The well-meaning eagerness to be tolerant and open-minded disintegrates into moral paralysis. Aficionados of handguns, nuclear weapons, drunken driving or baby seal bashing could probably quash liberal opposition to their causes by patiently explaining their positions in terms of “pro-choice.”
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