Thursday, June 3, 2010


In the second partial-birth abortion case, Carhart II, Justice Kennedy puts the number of abortions in the U.S. at 46 million. Kennedy goes on to write, "Between 85% and 90% of the approximately 1.3 million abortions performed each year in the United States take place in the first three months of the pregnancy, which is to say the first trimester." So if the first trimester is the critical point, then that means most abortions are fine, no problem. And we've got 130,000-195,000 bad abortions a year. For 37 years.
Oh man, the math's getting hard. I got to get a pen.

Okay, that works out to 4,680,000 to 7,020,000 maybe-homicides since Roe v. Wade. Give or take, round up or down. So, if first trimester is an important point, the Supreme Court might have killed millions of innocent babies. And that's bad, right?

Luckily, Justice Blackmun passed around a secret memo while he was writing Roe v. Wade. And in his secret memo, he made the following observation: "You will observe that I have concluded that the end of the first trimester is critical. This is arbitrary, but perhaps any other selected point, such as quickening or viability, is equally arbitrary."

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