I respect politicians and commentators who try to be intellectually honest and consistent, even if it means going against a societal goal they support — such as limited-government conservatives who don’t change their stripes when the issue is abortion or gay marriage. Richard Cohen has a good column in Thursday’s Washington Post about how, even though he is pro-choice, he disagrees with the Roe decision.
Cohen writes: “The prospect of some women traveling long distances to secure an abortion does not cheer me — I’m pro-choice, I repeat — but it would relieve us all from having to defend a Supreme Court decision whose reasoning has not held up. It seems more fiat than argument.”
He concludes: “A bad decision is a bad decision. If the best we can say for it is that the end justifies the means, then we have not only lost the argument — but a bit of our soul as well.”
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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