Dobbs: Looking Back, Looking Forward


Justice Alito’s opinion laying out why “Roe and Casey must be overruled” is a masterpiece of dignified but nonetheless devastating criticism. He makes a formidable case not only for reversing Roe argument but for crowning it as the worst reasoned opinion in the Court’s history. Alito surely makes a better case than John Ely did for his memorable put-down of Harry Blackmun’s handiwork: that Roe was “not constitutional law and gives almost no sense of an obligation to try to be.” Alito quotes this “infamous” line in Dobbs. Now he can own it.

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