The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has proposed draft Essential Standards in the Social Studies: Civics and Economics that ask students to use three Supreme Court cases (e.g. Brown v. Board of Education, Roe v. Wade, or Korematsu v. U.S.) as support to explain how the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld rights against oppressive government.
It is never justified to equate abortion rights with segregation and ethnic discrimination. For many obvious reason, the situations are too dissimilar. Roe v. Wade created a woman’s right to an abortion. The case overturned 40 plus state and federal laws aimed at protecting the developing child in the mother’s womb by restricting a woman’s right to an abortion. Classifying the case as an example of oppressive government is a political statement and a gross misreading of history and law. Asking students to group the cases together is indoctrination of the worst kind. Upholding rights against oppressive government? This situation might be a better example for students to study.