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By Jane Clark Scharl, Crisis Magazine, February 20, 2020
Jane Clark Scharl is a senior contributor at Crisis. Her work has previously appeared in National Review, The American Conservative, and The Intercollegiate Review.
On February 13, 2020, the House of Representatives passed the dull-sounding H.J. Res 79. Despite its name, this resolution indicates a dangerous attempt to disregard constitutional order and states’ rights for the purpose of codifying a progressive dogma: the alleged “right” to abortion.
For progressives, the inconvenient truth is that abortion rights in America stand on shaky ground. A single Supreme Court ruling, Roe v. Wade, alleged that such a “right” lurked in the “penumbras of emanations” of the Constitution’s 14th Amendment. Roe has been widely criticized for being legally unstable. Even pro-choice legal scholars like Edward Lazarus, who clerked for Justice Harry Blackmun (author of the Roe opinion) question the legitimacy of the ruling. Lazarus wrote in a commentary on Roe, “As a matter of constitutional interpretation and judicial method, Roe borders on the indefensible. I say this as someone utterly committed to the right to choose… and as someone who loved Roe’s author like a grandfather.” ….