Constitutional Right to Abortion

by Rod Smith

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The Roe v. Wade decision was not based on the Constitution, but was greatly affected by public opinion, so there never really was a constitutional right to abortion.

At that time, Paul Ehrlich was travelling around the country promoting his book, The Population Bomb, which predicted that "hundreds of millions of people are going to starve to death" due to overpopulation. I saw him speak at Iowa State University and read his books.

His main premise was that growing population and limited natural resources would lead to poverty and starvation. However, if his premise was true, the poorest nation in Asia would be Japan. Ehrlich was wrong because he ignored the greatest resource, human resources.

Even though none of his predictions came true, some countries adopted extreme population control measures. China instituted the One Child Policy which led to innumerable abandoned babies, forced abortions and forced sterilizations. I adopted two of the abandoned Chinese babies.

Another factor was the growing influence of the Women's Rights Movement. It produced positive changes: expanded career opportunities for women, equal pay for equal work and breaking the glass ceiling.

One negative effect of the Women's Lib movement at that time was their insistence that women should be just like men, which was a pretty low goal since women are better than men in a number of areas. They encouraged women to put their careers ahead of family, which has not worked out that well for men either. So Women's Lib chose to promote legalized abortion because pregnancy often interrupted a woman's career path.

These two movements converged when Roe v. Wade reached the Supreme Court. The liberal justices came up with Right to Privacy as an excuse to allow them to interpret the Constitution to conform to the social influences of the day. They were wrong.

Dobbs v. Jackson got it right because the Supreme Court justices went back to the Constitution and ruled that abortion is a matter that is reserved to the states according to the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution.

The Book That Incited a Worldwide Fear of Overpopulation by Charles C. Mann SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE JANUARY 2018

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