Reframing the Abortion Issue Abstract One of the most volatile social issues facing our country today is abortion. There have been approximately 45 million abortions performed in the United States since the Roe vs. Wade decision in
Reproductive Health Services This case involved a Missouri law that provided various regulations on abortion e. The law was challenged as unconstitutional. But in Webster she wanted to avoid an explicit ruling on Roe. She advocated a more "restrained" approach that did not attempt to answer large constitutional questions.
Some provisions of the Missouri law were ruled constitutional; others were struck down or weakened. In deciding Webster as it had, the Court had needlessly prolonged its "self-awarded sovereignty over a field where it has little proper business. Scalia warns that the Court can now look forward to at least another Term with carts full of mail from the public, and streets full of demonstrators, urging us-their unelected and life-tenured judges who have been awarded these extraordinary, undemocratic characteristics precisely in order that we might follow the law despite the popular will-to follow the popular will.
Scalia says that while the constitutionality of abortion may be arguable, "what is not arguable. Minnesota This was a case involving a Minnesota abortion law that required minors to notify both parents before procuring an abortion. A curious clause in the law stated that if the Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional, a "judicial bypass" clause would be activated according to which a minor could obtain an abortion without parental consent if she obtained the permission of a local judge.
The Court had to decide: The Court also ruled on separate law that mandated one-parent notification. In a contentious decision, a plurality of justices ruled that the bypass option made the notification requirements constitutional. The "chaos" that Scalia had warned about in Webster had come upon the Court with a vengeance.
As I understand the various opinions today: One Justice holds that two parent notification is unconstitutional at least in the present circumstances without judicial bypass, but constitutional with bypass.
I continue to dissent from this enterprise of devising an Abortion Code, and from the illusion that we have authority to do so. Planned Parenthood of SE Pennsylvania v. Scalia was not the only judge to notice the harm the Court was inflicting on the law by its internal divisions.
The Third District Court ruled that a new standard was now in effect: The constitutionality of state abortion laws would now be judged on the basis of the degree of "burden" they placed on women seeking abortion.
If the "burden" was "undue," the law was unconstitutional. In applying this new standard to the Pennsylvania law, the Third District Court ruled that some of its provisions were constitutional e. One provision was struck down: The court ruled that unlike the other provisions this placed an "undue burden" on women and was therefore unconstitutional.
Both sides appealed the decision, and the case came before the Supreme Court. Justices Brennan and Marshall both strong supporters of Roe had been replaced by David Souter and Clarence Thomas who were thought to be less supportive of abortion rights.
Many observers expected the Court to finally overturn Roe. Applying this standard to the Pennsylvania law, they agreed with Third District Court that the spousal notification requirement caused an "undue burden," but that the other provisions of the law were-at least for the time being-constitutional.
This opinion was supported by Stevens and Blackmun in its upholding of Roe, and was joined by the anti-Roe justices only insofar as it upheld the Pennsylvania regulations. The authors of the Casey plurality justified their upholding of Roe by appealing to stare decisis: They therefore thought it necessary to remove all doubt that the Court would uphold Roe, even though at times they implied that the decision may have been wrong.
They claimed that public opposition to Roe only made it more imperative that the Court support its precedents, lest its integrity as an impartial judicial body be compromised. They maintained that Roe had resolved the national controversy over abortion and that it was their duty to adhere to it.
The Court also demanded obedience to its verdict. It called on both sides of the "controversial" issue of abortion to "end their national division and accept a common mandate" that the Court had discovered in the Constitution. They wrote that "at the heart of liberty is the ability of every person to define for themselves the concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life.
The Casey decision provoked a visceral response from Scalia, who took the decision apart point by point in animated fashion.Abortion - An in depth overview of the issues debated around abortion abortion, kramer vs.
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