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Sunday, June 26, 2022

Elaine Benes (of Seinfeld) Got Abortion "Rights" Right

In 1994, in the episode entitled "The Couch," Elaine Benes, a fictional character on NBC's Seinfeld, perfectly captured the modern left's views on abortion "rights." 


After telling a story of his mother's forced abortion, and revealing his opposition to killing children in the womb, Poppy declares, "So on this issue there's no debate, and no intelligent person can think differently." Elaine replies, "Well Poppy, I think differently!" Poppy asks, "And what gives you the right to do that?" Elaine tellingly--and emphatically--responds, "The Supreme Court gives me the right to do that!" 

I'm not sure if the writers of Seinfeld were attempting--if anything--to accomplish with that last line quoted above, but the notion that U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) gave one "the right" to kill a child in the womb is exactly what happened in 1973. In other words, with its infamous ruling in Roe, the United States Supreme Court simply--and tragically--invented a "right" to kill children in the womb. 

As the recent majority opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson (which rightly overturned the decision in Roe v. Wade) notes, "The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision, including the one on which the defenders of Roe and Casey now chiefly rely..."

So of course, what the Supreme Court giveth, the Supreme Court can taketh away, and that's exactly what happened in Dobbs. The left has long relied on the courts to give it what it couldn't accomplish through the democratic, legislative process. With Dobbs, the current SCOTUS put a halt to that with abortion. This should happen with a litany of issues near and dear to the modern left, including same-sex "marriage." 

Copyright 2022, Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason.
Trevor is the author of the 
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