Letter from Chip Northrup
Justice Alito’s opinion is based on the fact that the right to abort is not mentioned in the Constitution. Guess what, no womens’ rights, either natural, such as the right to abort, or political, such as the right to vote, are mentioned in the Constitution. But every state that ratified the Constitution allowed a woman the right to abort — as a natural right.
So the right to abort is an assumed right in the Constitution — one that did not need to be enumerated to be allowed, since, under English common law, “That which is not prohibited is allowed.” The fact that no state can prohibit such a Constitutional natural right is the very basis of Roe.
Alito’s opinion is a cheap bit of legal legerdemain, a political fabrication from one of the brightest legal minds of 14th century Spain. If adopted, I hope to live to see it reversed 7 to 6.