The Point: Is Roe ‘Super-Precedent’?

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…super-precedent! For the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

Watching confirmation hearings for Judge Neal Gorsuch, David French couldn’t believe his ears. So at National Review, he reported how California senator Dianne Feinstein demanded that Judge Gorsuch recognize Roe v. Wade as “super-precedent.”

Gorsuch answered that the 1973 ruling had been “reaffirmed many times,” but refused to elevate Roe to this imaginary sacrosanct status that she apparently wanted.

We’ve heard this sort of thing before. Social progressives want abortion to be treated as “settled law,” never again open for challenge from the Supreme Court. That’s just nonsense. As French points out, the Supreme Court has overruled itself dozens of times, including in Plessy v. Ferguson, the 1896 decision that declared racial segregation constitutional. For over half a century it was “settled law,” until later justices realized the Court was wrong.

Look, Roe v. Wade codified killing the weakest Americans. It’s bad law, and by the way, “super-precedent” isn’t a thing.

Resources

No, Senator Feinstein, Roe v. Wade Is Not a ‘Superprecedent’
  • David French | National Review | March 21, 2017

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