Monday, January 22

Roe v. Wade

In perhaps its most divisive and controversial decision since Dred Scott, the Supreme Court overturned the infanticide and homicide laws in abortion cases in all fifty states by legalizing abortion procedures from the moment of conception until just before the moment of birth. Delivered on January 22, 1973 the Roe v. Wade decision sent shock waves throughout the nation—the effects of which are still felt. In a remarkably argued majority opinion, Associate Justice Blackmun introduced several creative constitutional innovations—including a heretofore unrecognized “right to privacy.” Like the Dred Scott decision before it, this case actually only exacerbated the debate the court set out to resolve.

4 comments:

Johnny! said...

A day for sackcolth, ashes, and Kemper's "A Malediction."

Diane V. said...

Yes, a day for mourning. Just this Saturday, the Pro-Life Director at our church held a prayer service at one of the busiest abortion clinics in the mid-west, ironically known as the "Hope Clinic." There were several churches represented. Prayer and fasting are indeed paramount. But then being Christ's hands and feet should be the natural response to our cries for mercy at this horrific crisis in our land. Who will help all those single mothers who we have prayed for to keep their babies? May it truly be the Church Christ rescued from spiritual death.

Jacqui said...

Dear Dr. Grant,
On the behalf of the Gileskirk co-op in Virginia (5 homeschoolers), we'd like to present you with some synonyms for massive and vast.
Massive:
Part of Speech: adjective
Definition: large
Synonyms: barn door, big, blimp, bulky, colossal, cracking, cumbersome, cumbrous, elephantine, enormous, extensive, gargantuan, gigantic, grand, great, gross, heavy, hefty, huge, hulking, humongous, immense, imposing, impressive, mammoth, mighty, monster, monumental, mountainous, mungo, ponderous, prodigious, solid, stately, substantial, titanic, towering, tremendous, unwieldy, vast, walloping, weighty, whopper, whopping*
Source: Roget's New Millennium™ Thesaurus, First Edition

and

Vast:
Part of Speech: adjective
Definition: large or wide
Synonyms: all-inclusive, ample, astronomical, big, boundless, broad, capacious, colossal, comprehensive, detailed, endless, enormous, eternal, expanded, extensive, far-flung, far-reaching, forever, giant, gigantic, great, huge, illimitable, immeasurable, immense, infinite, limitless, mammoth, massive, measureless, monstrous, monumental, never-ending, prodigious, prolonged, spacious, spread-out, stretched-out, sweeping, titanic, tremendous, unbounded, unlimited, voluminous, whopping, widespread
Source: Roget's New Millennium™ Thesaurus, First Edition

We ARE enjoying you lectures, though! Thanks so much for teaching!
God bless,
Jacqui (and Elliot, Josiah, Caleb, and Melysza)

George said...

Jacqui: Wow! That list of synonyms is so comprehensive I can only call it "massive" or maybe even "vast." Thanks!