This week’s headlines are filled with news about the extraordinary leak of a draft Supreme Court decision that, if supported by a majority on the Court, would overturn Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

As we look to a potential return to constitutional principles on this issue, it is important for Americans to understand the Court’s decisions in Roe and Casey—especially as it relates to their brazen rejection of the separation of powers and poor legal reasoning.

In 2017, Hillsdale produced an online course on the U.S. Supreme Court. In lecture 4 of that course, Professor Adam Carrington explains how the Court carved out a supposed right to abortion through a series of novel readings that departed significantly from the Founders’ understanding of natural rights, liberty, morality, and the purpose of government.

By watching this lecture, you will learn:

  • the background and facts of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey
  • the origins of Roe’s claim to a right to privacy
  • the legal framework imposed on state governments by Roe
  • the novel conception of liberty declared in Casey
  • the ways in which Casey transformed the abortion debate and the Court’s definition of liberty and morality.

You can watch this lecture and begin “The U.S. Supreme Court” today by clicking on the secure link below:

https://online.hillsdale.edu/landing/the-us-supreme-court

I hope you join me in this fundamental study of the judicial branch and how today’s Court relates to the expectations of the Founders.

Best regards,

Kyle Murnen, ’09
Director of Online Learning
Hillsdale College