“With consistency, beautiful and undeviating, human life from its commencement to its close, is protected by the common law. In the contemplation of law, life begins when the infant is first able to stir in the womb. By the law, life is protected not only from immediate destruction, but from every degree of actual violence, and in some cases, from every degree of danger.” – James Wilson, “Lectures on Law,” Ch. 12, p. 597 in The Works of James Wilson. ed. Robert G. McCloskey (1967
James Wilson was considered the preeminent legal and constitutional scholar of his day. This is so much so that many modern and contemporary scholars of his days as well have long stated that his legal positions were so well advised that he spoke on the legalities of issues for our republic as if he spoke for the vast majority if not all of the Founding Fathers. Roe v. Wade has no historical linkage to any precedent but was a stretch of law that itself was a stretch. Now we read in the top papers that the USSC is afraid to rule on abortion issues due to consideration of political optics. I would imagine the Founders of our great republic are rolling over in their graves in severe indignation.