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Roe v. Wade - The Role of the Supreme Court in US Government


Luigi

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Others claim: The Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade, therefore Roe v. Wade is the law of the land. 

I reply: The Supreme Court has no moral authority. It is simply a team of legal experts that determine whether laws passed by the legislative branch fit within the framework of the US Constitution. To demonstrate lack of moral authority, I point out that the Supreme Court upheld federal laws regarding slavery (The Fugitive Slave Act of 1793; The Fugitive Slave act of 1850; the Dred Scott decision, 1857), segregation (Plessy v. Ferguson, 1893), and the internment of Japanese-American citizens during World War II (Korematsu v. United States), 1944) among other laws and decisions that would not be broadly accepted today. 

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