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The Left Aborts Its Right To Be Called Tolerant … Or Intelligent

Let’s review the news since Friday’s Supreme Court decision – a decision that gave power back to the people to decide what laws should apply when it comes to abortion. Riots. Arson. Calls to assassinate a sitting justice. Threats of violence against anyone who is pro-life.

Here’s a small sampling of headlines.

Notice that several instances of violence are in states that will almost certainly retain liberal access to abortion. Rationality isn’t a strong suit for those on the left. Temper tantrums, yes.

Even President Biden’s Department of Homeland Security is admitting that left-wing violence is a threat, warning these extremists “will likely exploit the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe V. Wade to intensify violence against a wide range of targets,” and basing this warning “on an observed increase in violent incidents across the United States following the unauthorized disclosure in May of a draft majority opinion on the case.”

The disconnect between the Supreme Court’s decision and the reaction from the left is even more startling when you read Justice Samuel Alito’s opinion, in which he argues clearly, forcefully, compellingly, and without apology that the Court made a grievous mistake in 1973 when it invented a constitutional right to abortion out of whole cloth, and then compounded that mistake with 1992’s Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Alito destroys the dissenting opinion and is brutal in his takedown of Chief Justice John Roberts’ hair-brained attempt to split the difference.

Read it and see for yourself. We guarantee that, if you are at all open-minded, you’ll realize that the only question Alito leaves unanswered is how the hell the court let this disgrace stand for nearly 50 years.

For the time being, here’s the relevant line in Alito’s opinion.

Abortion presents a profound moral question. The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of each State from regulating or prohibiting abortion. Roe and Casey arrogated that authority. We now overrule those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives.

That’s what has the left so exercised. How dare the court let the people have a say in such matters!

But Alito is 100% right. Abortion is a “profound moral question” – something that every country (except China, perhaps) recognizes, which is why they all place restrictions on it, the vast majority of them far more restrictive than the environment we had under Roe. But the left is too willfully ignorant to understand this.

And there’s nothing in the Constitution to justify a right to abortion. The 1973 court invented this right out of whole cloth, something the justices involved in the case more or less admitted in internal memos that didn’t surface until the late 1980s.

The left keeps yammering about how the Supreme Court took away a “right,” when in fact the court returned a right it had stolen almost 50 years ago – the right of the people to grapple with this profound moral question.

In any case, the left has no problem taking rights away, especially those that – unlike abortion – are specifically listed in the Constitution. They want to strip people’s right to bear arms, sharply limit free speech, and deny the right to due process when those rights interfere with the left’s plans to “reshape” society.

Here’s what we wrote back when Investor’s Business Daily had opinion pages, in an editorial noting that Democrats were attacking the First, Second, and Fifth amendments (“Democrats Attack 3 Of The 10 Amendments In The Bill Of Rights”):

Democrats have long expressed frustration, if not outright contempt, for the Constitution whenever it hinders their ability to enact some new government program. President Obama has repeatedly complained about the ‘messy’ process the Constitution’s co-equal branches created, and has several times acted as though the Constitution’s limits on the president’s authority simply don’t apply to him.

But the fact that a major U.S. political party — which still considers itself mainstream — is now willing to specifically target amendments designed to protect Americans from tyrannical government control is alarming, to say the least

Contrast the left’s vicious behavior today with the reaction of pro-lifers when the Roe decision came down in 1973. They didn’t torch buildings or call for killing Supreme Court justices. Instead, they immediately put together a “Human Life Amendment” in an attempt to counteract the court’s decision. They launched a massive – and always peaceful – March for Life each year on the anniversary of the Roe ruling. They worked tirelessly with state legislators to pass laws restricting abortion where they could. For nearly 50 years, they advocated for constitutional conservatives to be appointed to the Supreme Court, those who would admit that Roe was an outrageous example of legislating from the bench. Yes, they sometimes got arrested, for praying in front of an abortion clinic. When some crazed person targeted an abortion provider, the pro-life movement immediately denounced such acts.

All those options are open to the left, including pushing for a federal law codifying Roe, or a constitutional amendment establishing that the right. The country’s founders recognized that things change in the country and they provided ways to make such adjustments, peacefully and calmly. But none of that satisfies the left, which wants to simply impose its views on everyone, by any means necessary.

For too long, members of the left have been heralded as liberators, as progressives, as open-minded, tolerant, and peaceful. It’s all hogwash and always has been. How much longer can the public ignore this reality?

We say, no more. It’s time to abort the left’s moral preening and sell the remains to researchers for further study.

— Written by the I&I Editorial Board

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  • The Supreme Court was constructed by the Founders to be a calm collection of judges far from the madding crowd. They are to adjudicate disputes according to the tenets of our founding document, the Constitution. The justices receive life tenure to relieve them of political pressure. They are not to decide cases on the basis of how popular an issue is but rather only after study and discussion with fellow practitioners of constitutional law on the court. The High Court is not another political branch, although loud opponents of their decisions sometimes lose that focus.

  • Justice Douglas justified a right to privacy in 1965 with his famous expression about “emanations from penumbras in the Bill of Rights” that I saw in newspapers long ago in the early ’70’s which led to Roe. Finally, the states will decide the issue instead of a one-size-fits-all federal dictate. The states deciding is what makes the abortionists loony because they can’t bludgeon those who disagree with Roe, anymore.

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