Have you ever noticed that Big Abortion has special legal privileges unavailable to legitimate healthcare providers? And they’ve been granted by the Supreme Court under the guise that women have a fundamental right to abortion.
This perspective comes to us from Adam J. MacLeod writing in the National Review. His piece, “Roe v Wade granted special privileges to abortionists,” is worth the read. An excerpt:
“Whatever advantages women may have gained from Roe and Casey are more than offset by the power those decisions conferred on the abortion industry. The Court’s abortion precedents immunize abortionists from basic legal accountability such as general medical regulations, professional oversight, common-law protections for bodily integrity, and other laws that would protect women and children from harm and which apply to all other medical professionals. In stages of pregnancy before the unborn child can survive outside the womb, the abortion industry’s special immunities are absolute, or nearly so.”
Mr. MacLeod teaches law at Faulkner University and has authored four books, including his most recent: “The Age of Selfies: Reasoning About Rights When the Stakes Are Personal.”
He points out that “fundamental law” forbids one party from “asserting the rights of another person.” But the Supreme Court did just that in the 1976 case, Singleton v Wulff, conferring upon Big Abortion special standing power denied other health-care professionals. For example, Planned Parenthood has spoken in court on behalf of women time and time again, even though they didn’t have standing by any rational interpretation of the law.
As Macleod says in his piece:
“Fundamental law prohibits a party from asserting the rights of another person. [Harry] Blackmun [author of the Roe v Wade decision] succinctly explained why the Court refused to apply the law to abortionists: The abortion industry’s bottom line is at stake. If abortionists succeed in convincing courts to exempt them from medical regulations then “they will benefit, for they will then receive payment for the abortions.” The Court has not conferred this special standing power on other health-care professionals, nor on husbands or priests, though the law recognizes both marriage and religious ministry as relationships of profound privacy.”
This coming term presents the Court with an opportunity to eliminate the Big Abortion special privileges denied the rest of us, and to hold them to the same legal standard as the rest of the country.