I was disappointed to read the NY Times piece on Justice Stevens today. What jumped out at me is that this man who is at the height of our legal system mustered up a shallow answer that I would expect from your average loony tune on the street about abortion:
“I think the less judges have to decide the better, and I frankly look at who should decide this,” he told me. “Obviously, I think basically the woman is the person most affected by it and has tremendously important interests; better to have her decide these questions with her own counselors and guidance than to have judges and legislators deciding something like this.
How about if we also let people decide whether or not theft or killing an adult are legal? Why have judges or legislators decide those questions? After all, theft is a value judgment, which stems from the religious injunction to ‘not steal.’ Seriously, his thinking in that quote is so juvenile and pathetic, that it makes me wonder at the general intelligence of many in power. Scalia’s well thought out positions and passionate defense of them make Stevens look plebeian.