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by | Dec 14, 2011

By Dave Andrusko

Today is the second part of National Right to Life President and Pro-Life Perspective Host Carol Tobias’s examination of “Dispelling the Myths of Abortion History,” an important but under-recognized book written by Villanova Law School Professor Joseph Dellapenna. In a real sense it requires 1,300 pages (in Mrs. Tobias’s words) to “systematically expose the legions of lies-–legal, historical, social, and otherwise–-on which Roe v. Wade rests.”

Mrs. Tobias is honing in on three of the many myths spun by Roe v. Wade author Justice Harry Blackmun. She talked about the first one on Monday and tackles two more today.

The first today, and second myth overall, is the peculiar way the “right to privacy,” first found by the Supreme Court in 1965, morphed into something that ran interference for a “right” to abortion. What you may not know—I know I didn’t know—is that two years later “the Supreme Court rejected the notion of any ‘generalized constitutional right to privacy’ in the 1967 decision of Katz v. United States.” None of that deterred Blackmun from finding just such a right to privacy, within which the “right” to abortion had lurked undetected for hundreds of years.

“The third myth Dellapenna addresses is that legalized abortion was inevitable because the medical profession by the 1960s strongly supported abortion reform,” Mrs. Tobias explains. This was flatly wrong, as even some pro-abortion scholars concede.

“Prof. Dellapenna’s book shows us that the inevitability of abortion was not inevitable,” Mrs. Tobias says. “Roe was a horrible act of what Justice Byron White described as an act of ‘raw judicial power’ that has left nearly two generations of Americans missing than a third of their members.”

If you missed Part One, you can listen to at the same location you hear Part Two: Be sure to listen and to pass the address along through your social networking contacts.

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