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Tuesdays are notable for following Monday and preceding golf on Wednesday  I usually have Stephen Minister training in the evenings and my favorite video game resets, meaning new things to do in the way of pixel elimination.  It was my habit to use Tuesday as the time to hit practice balls but I’m too lazy for that anymore. My point here is don’t expect much energetic prose… because it’s Tuesday.

in 1970 I had few strong political opinions.  I was a young LCDR trying to succeed in the Kindly Old Gentleman’s nuclear Navy. Deployments and ORSE were what mattered.  To me abortion was just a word: something about unwanted pregnancy. 

But that same year a woman named Norma McCovey, given the fictitious name of Jane Roe, sued Henry Wade, the district attorney of Dallas county Texas. Roe asserted an absolute right to terminate pregnancy in any way and at any time.  Her case went to the Supreme Court where it was decided that the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment provides a fundamental "right to privacy" that protects a pregnant woman's liberty to choose whether or not to have an abortion. 

That right was not absolute however.  States could not prohibit abortion during the first trimester; could require reasonable regulations during the second trimester; and could prohibit abortions during the third trimester as long as the laws protected the life of health of the mother. In 1992 SCOTUS abandoned the trimester judgement and instituted “viability” of the fetus as the criteria.

So that is the name that tune.  I suspect SCOTUS never expected an industry led by Planned Parenthood in the marketing of body parts, and that abortion would become a matter of convenience to those who enjoyed the sex but disdained the biological outcome. 

How one extrapolates due process into the right to kill exceeds my judicial expertise which we all know, is extensive.(RWI)   I am now almost old and I do have the occasional opinion.   Among those is that the fetus is an immortal soul.  Jesus tells us that the only sin that is unforgivable is blasphemy against the Spirit (Matt. 12:31) Seems blasphemous to me…  But I’m afraid I know even less about God than I have legal expertise.

But I do have an opinion.

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