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Kansas cites slavery-era ruling in abortion case, then backpedals

Source: 
Lawrence Journal World
Author: 
Roxana Hegeman
Date: 
Thursday, October 20, 2016

"Kansas' attorney general withdrew on Wednesday a court brief that cites the slavery-era Dred Scott decision to support the state's position that the Kansas Constitution does not guarantee a right to an abortion.

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In the infamous Dred Scott decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled a black person whose ancestors were sold as slaves could not be a U.S. citizen and therefore had no right to sue. It also ruled in the decision that the federal government could not prohibit slavery in its territories.

'It is a very odd thing, an unusual thing to have people relying on Dred Scott in support of a legal position that was espoused in Dred Scott,' said Richard Levy, a law professor at the University of Kansas."

Faculty name: 
Richard Levy