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Thursday, October 21, 2004

"Roe v. Wade" v. "Scott v. Sanford" 

Within two weeks of the presidential election, I've dug around in the roiling debates on news sites. I've been keeping an eye out for things that would make me go crazy - the kind of crazy you wouldn't associate with institutions, but the kind of crazy that would require a podium, microphone and a big fucking stick to knock people over the head with information.

So I present to you two historically significant Supreme Court Rulings. And I am not the first, nor the last, to look at the two and compare.

Roe v. Wade = Decision from the Nine... Abortion is not unconstitutional - that is to say abortion is not illegal. That isn't exactly the same as "Abortion is legal"

Scott v. Sanford = Decision from the Nine... Slavery is okay! Slaves are property. Please keep them.

Roe hasn't been overturned, and in the decision it was stated that the fetus is a non-person.

Scott has been overturned, and in the decision it was stated that slaves were non-persons.

And now read what spurred this whole post: http://slate.msn.com/id/2108083/

From http://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?flash=true&doc=29
The decision of Scott v. Sanford, considered by legal scholars to be the worst ever rendered by the Supreme Court, was overturned by the 13th and 14th amendments to the Constitution, which abolished slavery and declared all persons born in the United States to be citizens of the United States.

Other links:
Full Decision Text


Roe and Scott Comparatives:

And just to throw in a curve ball - http://www.landmarkcases.org/ - Check that place out.

On a completely different note - so not related to politics. Games industry and women. It's a hot topic in my life lately. And so it should be in yours as well.

Later today, I endeavor to be apolitical and uncontroversial here. So, get the toothpicks out to prop up the eyelids. It's going back to boring.

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