From The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Cardinal Francis George told the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops yesterday to rejoice that the nation has changed enough to elect a black president, but he drew parallels between the laws that once made slavery a right and those that make abortion a right.
"The common good can never be adequately incarnated in any society when those waiting to be born can be legally killed at choice," the president of the group said to long applause from nearly 300 bishops gathered here for their regular meeting.
"If the Supreme Court's Dred Scott decision that African Americans were other people's property, and somehow less than persons, were still settled constitutional law, Mr. Obama would not be president of the United States. Today, as was the case 150 years ago, common ground cannot be found by destroying the common good."
In 1857 the Supreme Court ruled, 7-2, that Dred Scott, a slave who had lived with his master in free states, could not be free after his master died. It declared that no slave or descendent of slaves could ever be a U.S. citizen.
Opponents of abortion draw parallels between that case and Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision legalizing abortion.