In his famous Footnote 54, Justice Harry Blackmun wrote:
"When Texas urges that a fetus is entitled to Fourteenth Amendment protection as a person, it faces a dilemma. Neither in Texas nor in any other State are all abortions prohibited. Despite broad proscription, an exception always exists. The exception contained [410 U.S. 113, 158] in Art. 1196, for an abortion procured or attempted by medical advice for the purpose of saving the life of the mother, is typical. But if the fetus is a person who is not to be deprived of life without due process of law, and if the mother's condition is the sole determinant, does not the Texas exception appear to be out of line with the Amendment's command?
There are other inconsistencies between Fourteenth Amendment status and the typical abortion statute. It has already been pointed out, n. 49, supra, that in Texas the woman is not a principal or an accomplice with respect to an abortion upon her. If the fetus is a person, why is the woman not a principal or an accomplice? Further, the penalty for criminal abortion specified by Art. 1195 is significantly less than the maximum penalty for murder prescribed by Art. 1257 of the Texas Penal Code. If the fetus is a person, may the penalties be different?"
This is part of rebutting Texas's claim and hence is the reasoning (not dicta) of the opinion.
Libertarian lawyers! What fun!
Most studies show that the direct tax costs and revenues with respect to illegals is a wash, or government gets a slight benefit (this doesn't mean there aren't other effects, like wage suppression, but that not the immigrants fault, that's the fault of the large corporations in the agribusiness, hospitality and meat processing industry who knowingly hire them -- they just want to work)
More evidence of the intellectual bankruptcy of the right
I love libertarian lawyering!
Every American dollar that they use is taken from an American that is more deserving and needs that money.
Wut? The reason they use the highways is to get to work, for one of the buisness men that hires them illegally to keep his labor costs down. I thought we decieded during the last election that buisness built the roads, Americans didnt. They do not destory schools that I know of, please explain. They have no medical benefits here in the US. They are stabilized and returned to Mexico. The police systems? Really I dont understand what you are talking about. Quit reading the right wing blog machine. Look it up, Illegal aliens are not allowed any benefits in US. If they get them it is by fraud and should be deported or imprisoned or both.
God Bless the Marine Corps.