During the hearings over Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, pro-life Senator Marsha Blackburn made it clear that there is no right to kill babies in abortions.
Later in the day yesterday, Blackburn took to Twitter to drive the point home, posting, “Reminder: the word abortion does not appear in the Constitution.”
“The Constitution grants us rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness—not abortions,” Blackburn continued. Although she referred to a line in the Declaration of Independence, Blackburn is right that the Constitution does afforded people a right to life.
The U.S. Constitution never mentions the right to an abortion, but activist judges interpreted it to add the “right” to kill an unborn baby through Roe v. Wade in 1973. The ruling conflicts with language in the Fifth and 14th Amendments, which prohibit persons from being “deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law,” as well as laws that recognized unborn babies as “persons” prior to Roe.
The Fifth Amendment says, “No person shall … be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” The 14th Amendment similarly states that “… nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.”
American law and medicine recognized unborn babies as “persons” for more than 100 years prior to Roe, two law professors at the University of Notre Dame and Princeton University told the Supreme Court last year.
“Roe v. Wade conceded that if … ‘the fetus is a “person” within the language and meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment,’ the case for a constitutional right to abortion ‘collapses,’” they wrote, citing 19th century laws and court cases, statements from prominent medical groups and experts, and other evidence that confirms an unborn baby was considered “a person” from the moment of conception under the law and treated “’to all intents and purposes a child, as much as if born.’”