To the Editor: Court got it wrong in 1857 and 1973
Written by Tim Shank   
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 10:23
In March of 1857, Chief Justice Roger B. Taney of the United States Supreme Court wrote in his majority opinion, that blacks, "had no rights which the white man was bound to respect; and that the negro might justly and lawfully be reduced to slavery for his benefit. He was bought and sold and treated as an ordinary article of merchandise and traffic, whenever profit could be made by it" end quote.  
The Supreme Court had it so wrong then as we all know now to rule that slaves as well as free were not and could never be citizens of the United States.  
Think of all the lives lost, the tears shed, the sacrifices made to correct such a tragic mistake of the highest institution of our land.
On Jan. 22, 1973, the Supreme Court ruled that a pregnant woman's right usurped the rights of her unborn child.  Please understand that the Supreme Court made no ruling to when life began only that the rights of the woman were protected by the Constitution while the rights of the unborn or viable fetus were not.
Consequently, the Supreme Court got it wrong again in reducing the life of the unborn to merchandise and traffic and refuse, only this time whenever sensual and sexual profit by the mother and father could be made by it.  
The Supreme Court had it wrong in 1857 and the Supreme Court got it wrong in 1973.  May the conscience of America be awakened.
And on Jan. 21, 2013, President Obama, the first black president of the United States, reaping the fruits of history, and the blood and sacrifice of those who paid dearly in overturning a nation's grievous error, was inaugurated for his second term of office as a staunch defender of abortion rights.
Could there be a greater paradox in the history of the United States?
Tim Shank
Pemberville
 

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