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The Right to Life

g., Catholics United for Life, Task Force of United Methodists on Abortion and Sexuality).

The briefs each approach Roe v. Wade or Webster from a slightly different perspective, but they share three principal characteristics. The first characteristic has to do with customary court protocol. The briefs frame their arguments with reference to legal precedent (including Supreme Court decisions) and (above all) to the U.S. Constitution, consistent with Article III, which defines Supreme Court interpretive jurisdiction in terms of constitutional issues. While a particular morality or a particular professional point of view may be said to inform a given brief, the manifest argument appears meant to prevail by reason of connection to a constitutional point. The second characteristic, related to the first, is the shared perspective of antichoice advocates. Despite idiosyncratic perspectives of the briefs, distinguishing them each from the other, certain of their arguments overlap and converge, chiefly, as might be expected, in the view that an unborn fetus has constitutionally protected rights. The third characteristic, again related to the other two, has to do with argumentative content of RTL rhetoric as analyzed by Solomon (54-5), specifically the assertion of an unmediated continuum of human life from conception to birth, and attached to the view that the state has a compelling interest in assuring that the continuum will


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