Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Antonio Cardwell was the man found in the Jamestown pool.

No matter if you're pro-abortion or anti-abortion here's a pretty fucked up story: Teen Gets Life Sentence For Helping Girlfriend End Pregnancy - 19-Year-Old Stepped On Stomach While Girl Punched Self

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  1. Wow... are they up for a darwin award? That is a sad, sick story... I'm not sure if I'll be able to eat lunch. Also, I don't think its an issue of pro-abortion vs anti-abortion... no one likes dead babies and no one thinks that belly punches are a safe or humane form of abortion. It's pro-choice vs pro-life. Should a person have the right to choose whether or not they have an abortion, or should the un-born fetus be given the right to be born?

    The article is confusing... "the 17-year-old can't be prosecuted because of her legal right to abortion." So women everywhere can just give themselves abortions and its ok? That right to an abortion trumps texas's fetal protection law?

    This couple is exceptional...

    I see parallels with Gun rights vs gun laws. You have the right to own a gun, but the government places strict limits on the types of guns you can buy and the people that can buy them because there is a perceived social benefit. Just like women have a right to choose whether or not to have an abortion, but there are limits on who can perform them (maybe not if you can just give your self a belly punch), how far along in your pregnancy you can have one, and perhaps soon parental consent requirements.

    Bottom line, though... this story is fucked up. Maybe I can open my own specialized "Belly-punch" clinic. Did you law school guys look at abortion?

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  2. In Roe v. Wade the Court broadly authorized abortions as a "fundamental right" of the mother. A few years later, Casey v. Planned Parenthood narrowed the decision by including requirements(i.e. no abortions in the third trimester...) while maintaining the right.

    Any state law invading the mother's right would probably be federally preempted under the 14th Amendment.

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