Roe v. Wade at 40

Justice Harry Blackmun

Justice Harry Blackmun.

Today, January 22, 2013, is winding down as I type. It is the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade (1973), the Supreme Court’s 7-2 decision that declared abortion a constitutional right.

The decision once seemed, for all its outrages, at least young, fresh and daring. Now it feels middle-aged beyond its years. It has greyed, put on pounds, and become familiar–so as to breed contempt. It walks the halls of American minds like some long-time executive–always hanging around, present at nearly every meeting, making stale points backed by weak reasoning, yet invariably carrying the day. Linked to a vast network of powerful people, it knows how to throw its weight around. Continue reading