I am spending tonight doing the reading for a class in Civil Liberties. A portion of this week's reading is Planned Parenthood of SE PA v Casey. I assume that all on this site are familiar with at least the basic background of the case, and I am assuming the very words planned parenthood will tip everyone else off.
I thought I would share a quote with everyone. It is this quote that embodies why Democrats we must keep congress in 08 and win the presidency.
From Justice Blackmun, concurring opinion:
In the Chief Justice's (Rehnquist) world, a woman considering whether to terminate a pregnancy is entitled to no more protection than adulterers, murderers, and so-called "sexual deviates." Given the Chief Justice's exclusive reliance on tradition, people using contraceptives seem the next likely candidate for his list of outcasts...
In one sense, the Court's approach is worlds apart from that of the Chief Justice and Justice Scalia. And yet, in another sense, the distance between the two approaces is short - the distance is but a single vote.
I am 83 years old. I cannont remain on this court forever, and when I do step down, the confirmation process for my successor well may focus on the issue before us today. That, I regret, may be exactly where the choice between the two worlds will be made.
Cry, smile, frown, yell. However you react, just remember, there is a hell of a lot more than committee assignments at stake in 2008.