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“What Comes After Roe” by Gerard V. Bradley

by James Wilson Institute on June 28, 2022
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Gerard V. Bradley is a trustee of JWI and a professor of law at Notre Dame School of Law

“Almost fifty years after handing down its calamitous abortion decision on January 22, 1973, SCOTUS has finally corrected the biggest mistake it ever made.”

Gerard V. Bradley, trustee of the James Wilson Institute and professor of law at Notre Dame Law School, comments on how the recent Dobbs opinion, which overturned the rulings in Roe v. Wade and Casey v. Planned Parenthood, is “a decisive turning point on the road to securing an equal right to life for every human being, in the womb and out of it.”

He points out how Dobbs, though not explicitly expressing that the unborn are “persons” under the Equal Protection Act, does lay the groundwork for future litigation to provide to the unborn the constitutional rights as “persons” through highlighting the Court’s determination of the “viability” of a fetus as arbitrary.

Read the piece by Professor Bradley here.

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