Donald Chisholm MD: Colorado’s finest
The remarkable true story of one of Colorado’s exceptional people is barely known in his native state.
Who was an All American running back for Colorado University, is in the College Hall of Fame, played pro football with Pittsburgh and Detroit leading the league in rushing in 1938 and 1940, was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, awarded two Bronze Stars by the Navy, a graduate magna cum laude from Yale Law school, first assistant to Attorney General Robert Kennedy, and a Supreme Court Justice dissenting from the Roe vs. Wade decision on Jan. 22, 1973?
If you said Byron “Whizzer” White, you get a special prize.
The reason for the low profile probably lies in his value of our human life in the first nine months of life. He was one of two dissenting judges (Rehnquist was the other) who found the decision of the other seven judges wrong in their holding that the U.S. Constitution -“values the convenience, whim or caprice of the putative mother more than the life or potential life of the fetus.”
Byron White did not endear himself to the liberal media and judiciary in another of his majority opinions in 1986. “The Court is most vulnerable and comes nearest to illegitimacy when it deals with judge made constitutional law having little or no cognizable roots in the language or design of the Constitution… There should be, therefore, great resistance to … redefining the category of rights deemed to be fundamental. Otherwise, the Judiciary necessarily takes to itself further authority to govern the country without express constitutional authority.”
Byron White was truly a man of the American West – a man who accepted the challenges of mind and body and achieved remarkably in both. He had the strength and courage and wisdom to value the God-given common sense our founding fathers used in forming our America. He understood the importance of living in both worlds. He experienced the controlled physical violence of football and recognized the uncontrolled violence of abortion. And he excelled in the rigors of intellectual and spiritual pursuit.
Byron White was a remarkable American, living a life that echoed our first and greatest document as a nation – The Declaration of Independence.
“We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights -to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness”
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