In wake of a 5-4 ruling that upheld the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act, critics say the five justices in the majority may have been influenced by their Catholicism. Does the judges' faith matter? Two writers weigh in:

Judges May Be Imposing Morality Geoffrey Stone writes: "All five justices in the majority in Gonzales are Catholic. The four justices who are not Catholic all followed settled precedent. It is embarrassing to point this out. But it is legitimate to ask whether, in deciding this case, the five justices in the majority ignored the critical line between religious belief and public morality."
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Enough with the    Anti-Catholic Bigotry Phyllis Zagano writes: "Rosie O'Donnell was upset by the high Court's recent 5-4 decision outlawing partial-birth abortion. ...I guess her point is that Catholics cannot participate in government. That used to be called 'nativism.' Now it's called 'commentary.' How about if Rosie O'Donnell and her friends just give religion a chance?"
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