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Gary Kubalak, Fargo, Published March 27 2013

Letter: Challenging ‘Roe’ is a noble cause

A Supreme Court ruling may be the law of the land, but that doesn’t make it right, just or moral.

In 1857, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Dred Scott, because he was black, was not a citizen and “... had no rights which the white man was bound to respect ...” and he could be “... bought and sold and treated as an ordinary article of merchandise ...” Enough people, however, felt the court was wrong, and even though it took a civil war and a constitutional amendment, they prevailed. And history has affirmed they were justified.

In 1973, the U.S. Supreme court legalized abortion, which essentially placed an unborn child on par with Dred Scott, that is, it has no rights that anyone is bound to respect, its life is the private property of the mother and can be terminated at her discretion. It has taken 30 years, but recently the North Dakota Legislature and Gov. Jack Dalrymple have stood up and in essence said the 1973 court decision is wrong (at least for North Dakota). I applaud them for doing so.

The U.S. Supreme Court is not infallible; some of its rulings are not right, just or moral; and the fight to overturn them is a noble one.