Judge Slams Supreme Court’s Pro-Abortion Rulings: “Each Human Being Is Priceless Beyond Measure”

Micaiah Bilger

An Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals judge issued a powerful opinion Tuesday urging the U.S. Supreme Court to recognize that “each human being is priceless beyond measure,” including unborn babies with disabilities.

National Review highlighted Judge Ralph Erickson’s opinion about two Arkansas pro-life laws before the Eighth Circuit. The case is Little Rock Family Planning Services v. Rutledge. One law prohibits abortions after 18 weeks gestation, and the other bans discriminatory abortions on unborn babies with Down syndrome.

In their unanimous ruling Tuesday, a three-judge panel said U.S. Supreme Court precedent requires them to rule against both laws, according to the report. However, in their opinions, the judges also emphasized that they believe the precedent is wrong and the Supreme Court should change it.

Erickson’s concurring opinion was particularly strong. He emphasized that every human life has value, including unborn babies with disabilities who frequently are targeted for abortions.

He wrote:

“The great glory of humanity is its diversity. We are, as a species, remarkably variant in our talents, abilities, appearances, strengths, and weaknesses. The human person has immense creative powers, a range of emotional responses that astound the observant, and a capacity to love and be loved that is at the core of human existence. Each human being possesses a spirit of life that at our finest we have all recognized is the essence of humanity. And each human being is priceless beyond measure. Children with Down syndrome share in each of these fundamental attributes of humanity.”

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