Monday, December 18, 2006

Dr. Rice finds concern in "Pro-Life" Abortion Laws

If Roe is Overturned our Pro-Life Incremental Laws Will Keep Abortion Legal says Pro-Life Professor Dr. Charles E. Rice. "You'd have to get rid of the [pro-life] abortion laws."

If Roe v. Wade is overturned, will the hundreds of abortion regulations on the books have the unintended effect of keeping abortion legal?

On Denver radio yesterday, Notre Dame law professor Charles E. Rice addressed a post-Roe scenario that the pro-life movement has so far ignored. "If the [U.S. Supreme] Court says the states can regulate abortion, then to protect the right to life, you'd have to get rid of the [pro-life] abortion laws."

Dr. Rice, who teaches constitutional law, and morality and law, acknowledged that many pro-life laws across America, including Indiana's Informed Consent law, would keep abortion legal if Roe v. Wade simply fell. Indiana Code, Title 16, Section 34, Chapter 2. Requirements for Performance of Abortion... states:

"1. (a) Abortion shall in all instances be a criminal act, except when... (1) During the first trimester of pregnancy for reasons based upon the professional, medical judgment of the pregnant woman's physician if: (A) the abortion is performed by the physician; (B) the woman submitting to the abortion has filed her consent with her physician."

Dr. Rice further warned that the pro-life Supreme Court justices who have ruled or spoken on abortion have stated that the states can regulate abortion, which directly undermines the very personhood of the child and further promotes moral relativism.

Rice also questioned the wisdom of the recently failed Fetal Pain Act, which was promoted by National Right to Life. He indicated that of course anesthesia will actually encourage some women to get an abortion, and may make late-term abortion seem more humane to the public.

Colorado Right To Life president Brian Rohrbough stated that Dr. Rice is so obviously correct that pro-lifers need a strategy overhaul because our own laws may end up keeping most abortions legal decades after Roe. "Pro-lifers will then have to convince a hostile media, the courts, and the public, that our own laws were unjust and must be repealed. That could take a century to accomplish."

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with "He indicated that of course anesthesia will actually encourage some women to get an abortion, and may make late-term abortion seem more humane to the public." It was the first thing that came to mind when I heard about the bill.

The abomination must go. No compromises. May Heaven intervene soon because that is our only hope.

Is this the same Dr. Rice who sit on your board? and also is he the same Dr. Rice I see on EWTN too? Just curious

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