Drooling on the Pillow

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Battle Lines Being Drawn 

It's always helpful when Lunatics with Influence are straightforward in stating their goals. Peter Singer thinks it might be a good idea if abortion were permitted well into the fourth trimester. That gives you a general idea of where the 'Right to Death' people are headed. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors really doesn't think dissenting opinions are helpful. Nothing would clarify this position better than passing a law!

Now Shaking Spears links to the New York Times coverage of a speech by Ruth Bader Ginsberg where she makes explicit the notion that this court thinks that consulting foreign legal opinion to interpret our Constitution is a good idea.
The notion that it is improper to look beyond the
borders of the United States in grappling with hard
questions has a certain kinship to the view that the
U.S. Constitution is a document essentially frozen in
time as of the date of its ratification," Justice Ginsburg
If a penumbra cannot be discovered in U.S. law to obtain a desired result, I think referral to foreign legal systems is not just extra-constitutional, but anti-constitutional. After all, some of them are nothing but penumbra.
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