June 25, 2022


The legal reality is that Roe v. Wade never rested on the soundest of constitutional grounds. The Court didn't have the votes for an equal protection footing, so the majority opinion relied on a newfound fundamental right to privacy. That is, and always was, the Achilles heel of the decision. The late Justice Ginsburg criticized the decision, and questioned its long term viability, for this very reason.

At some point, you expect stare decisis to strengthen all but the shakiest of legal grounds for a Supreme Court decision, but it just wasn't there this time.

So the optimistic view following yesterday's decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, which I'm choosing to take, is that we've been given an opportunity to present the issue in a way that lets a future Supreme Court base a rights-affirming decision on a more stable legal footing.

tags: lawscotus

post published in /2022/06/25

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Renee and I had dinner at the Middle Grounds tonight, a favorite of ours that we've been going to for years. The boys are usually with us, so I've always avoided the mango encrusted grouper, since Jake is allergic to mangos. He's not with us on this trip, so I decided to give it a try, and realized on closer inspection of the description that it's actually Jake's worst nightmare—mango and pistachio in the same dish (he's allergic to both)!

It was delicious, by the way. ;-)

tags: dinnerstpetebeachtreasureisland

photo published in /2022/06/25