Paulsen, Michael Stokes
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Michael Stokes Paulsen is University Chair & Professor of Law at the University of St. Thomas, in Minneapolis. He is the co-author, with his son Luke Paulsen, of the forthcoming The Constitution: An Intelligent Introduction and Brief History.


Repudiating Roe (Part II): The Pernicious Doctrine of Stare Decisis

The doctrine of stare decisis is a dangerous tool, malleable, and peculiarly susceptible to manipulation and abuse. It entices and deceives. If just two justices compromise their principles and betray the Constitution, Dobbs will be lost. If so, Dobbs will displace Casey as the worst Supreme Court decision of all time, and the justices rendering it will merit the most severe condemnation of history. But if the Court overrules Roe and Casey, the Dobbs case would rank among the most magnificent decisions in the Court's history.

Date posted: 2021-07-11

Repudiating Roe (Part I): The Most Important Abortion Case in Thirty Years

This is a signal moment in America's constitutional history. One of the most notorious decisions in the Court's history is likely either to be repudiated and overruled - discarded, finally and definitively - or else reaffirmed and entrenched, perhaps permanently. The stakes could not possibly be higher.

Date posted: 2021-07-10

Pray, Trust, Act, and Hope: An Easter Letter

My prayer for all of you - for all of us - is that God would not only intervene dramatically to kill this virus, but also that, in the course of doing so, God might strengthen us in our faith and trust, and in our understanding of our ultimate dependence on Him for all of life.

Date posted: 2020-04-14

Men, Abortion, Sin, and Salvation

Abortion is not, in the end, about "sin" or "redemption." It is about human life and its extermination.

Date posted: 2014-07-10

The Right to Life and the Irrelevance of Rape

Rape is tragic, awful, horrible, gut-wrenching -- an unspeakable crime of great emotional harm -- but rape is essentially irrelevant to the morality of abortion.

Date posted: 2013-02-12

Where in the Constitution is "Separation of Church and State"?

Misleading talk of "separation of church and state" obscures the true meaning of the First Amendment.

Date posted: 2010-11-09