Abortion Rights as Religious Freedom by Peter Wenz PDF

By Peter Wenz

ISBN-10: 0877228574

ISBN-13: 9780877228578

With the present composition of the splendid court docket and up to date demanding situations to Roe v. Wade, Peter S. Wenz's new method of the moral, ethical, and felony matters regarding a woman's correct to optional abortion may perhaps flip the tide during this debate. He argues that the perfect courtroom reached the best selection in Roe v. Wade yet for the incorrect purposes. Wenz contends woman's correct to terminate her being pregnant will be established, no longer on her constitutional correct to privateness, yet at the constitutional warrantly of spiritual freedom, a foundation for freedom of selection that's not topic to the felony criticisms complicated opposed to Roe. no less than as much as the twentieth week of a being pregnant, one's trust no matter if a human fetus is a human individual or now not is a spiritual choice. He continues that simply because questions about the ethical prestige of a fetus are spiritual, it follows that anti-abortion laws, to the level that it really is predicated on such "inherently non secular beliefs," is unconstitutional. during this well timed and topical publication, Wenz additionally examines similar situations that care for executive intervention in an individual's procreative lifestyles, the legislation of contraceptives, and different laws that's both utilized to or imposed upon decide upon teams of individuals (e.g., homosexuals, drug addicts). He builds a concrete argument which could exchange Roe v. Wade. writer notice: Peter S. Wenz is Professor of Philosophy and criminal reviews at Sangamon nation college.

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It cannot be more than a bad joke to derive from Pierce the right of a woman to terminate her pregnancy when this right is clarified to mean that a minor need not gain parental permission. Of course, Supreme Court justices cannot be faulted for failing to foresee future developments. The reference to Pierce may have seemed more reasonable to a justice who anticipated the abortion right of a minor to be controlled by her parents. Now that the abortion right in Roe has been darified to exclude parental control, however, those who would defend Roe against future challenges can hardly use Pierce in its defense.

The judicial precedents employed by Blackmun and Stewart are historically intertwined. I consider the precedents in chronological order and unweave tille strands of privacy and due process to clarify their use by Blackmun and Stewart in Roe v. Wade. I first explain the doctrine of substantive due process as it was originally applied in the economic sphere. Then I trace the transfer of its use HE DECISION 17 18 Chapter 1 from economic to personal contexts, especially those of family life. I discuss Griswold v.

18 This appeal to the Ninth Amendment amounts to a constitutional argument Derivation of Roe v. Wade 27 favoring what I have called a Liberal view of constitutional interpretation. According to this view, judges may "discover" implicit in the Constitution rights that are not mentioned explicitly. The Liberal view is discussed at length later in this chapter (see "Stewart's Due Process Rationale in Roe v. Wade" and "Tribe on Substantive Due Process"). In sum, according to Douglas, a right of privacy is implicit in the First, Third, Fourth, and Fifth amendments, and is provided for in the Ninth Amendment.

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