A terrible, horrible, no good, very bad Supreme Court decision

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Author(s) Harry Litman
Source Los Angeles Times
Date June 26, 2022
URL https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2022-06-26/roe-vs-wade-dobbs-supreme-court-samuel-alito
Quotes-start.png "What is distinctive about abortion," Alito writes, is that it results in the termination of a "potential life." And so it does. That is the core difficulty that makes abortion doctrine so vexing — both the individual and society have vital interests at stake. But Alito's leap from that truism to the conclusion that the right to abortion merits no constitutional protection rests on an embarrassing flaw in legal reasoning. It is a non-sequitur to say that the existence of a state or societal interest in fetal life means there is no individual interest in whether to bring a fetus to term. A countervailing state interest says exactly nothing about the existence of an individual right. Quotes-end.png

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This item argues against the position Supreme Court was correct in its ruling on the topic Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization.