Dred Scott vs. Sanford and Roe vs. Wade

Pro-life activists often compare Roe vs. Wade, which dictated that a preborn baby is not a person, with the Supreme Court Case Dred Scott vs. Sanford which mandated that an African-American was not a person under the law.

Chief Justice Taney in Dred Scott vs. Sanford:

“That in the establishment of the several communities now the States of this Union, and in the formation of the Federal Government, the African was not deemed politically a person. He was regarded and owned in every State in the Union as property merely, and as such was not and could not be a party or an actor, much less a peer in any compact or form of government established by the States or the United States.”

Dred Scott vs. Sanford, 60 US 393, 481 – 482 quoted in

William M Connolly One Life: How the US Supreme Court Deliberately Distorted the History, Science and Law of Abortion (Xlibris, 2002) 175

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Author: Sarah

Sarah is a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians.

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