Prediction: Goodbye to a women’s right to choose

Posted in , Liberty at 15:51 by RjZ

This morning President George W. Bush announced Harriet Miers as his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. We know little of her views on important issues, but we can safely assume that this Texan and close friend of Bush is a conservative who, “during [her] tenure as head of the Texas Bar Association… was a leader in the campaign to reverse the American Bar Association’s pro-choice position on the right to choose,” will not likely uphold a woman’s right to choose.

We may know even less about latest Supreme Court Justice John Roberts, but he too is part of Bush’s network or friends and it isn’t a stretch to assume he shares Mr. Bush’s feelings on the matter.

So, I predict that, with all due speed, this issue will be brought before the court and Roe v. Wade will be overturned.


  1. Aaron said,

    October 3, 2005 at 22:03

    Oh c’mon man.

    The news said she had no judicial experience.

    Isn’t that exciting?

    I’m sick and tired of all these justices being former judges.

    Now I can be a justice. And I feel very empowered by that.

  2. dan clegg said,

    October 4, 2005 at 23:18

    I’m going to predict you are wrong. Not because many of those in power don’t want it, but because it is just too drastic a step, and I can’t see it actually happening. Those on the religious right are indeed seizing their moment, and trying to maximize on this opportunity, but I have to think that will be pushing just a little too far. Let’s hope I win this little wager.

  3. tim rohrer said,

    October 6, 2005 at 14:43

    I tend to agree with both of you, but I suspecty it will a “death by a thousand cuts” for Roe v. Wade. I think the 5 Republican justices are too smart to overturn it outright–both for the sanctity of legal precedent and because they’re more politically savvy than they would admit.

    I am more curious to see what they will do to Oregon’s assisted suicide law.

    And in the bigger picture–as an interested court watcher, it seems to me that John Paul Stevens has dominated the court from behind the scenes for the past 30 years. I wonder if he’ll still be able to do so…

  4. RjZ said,

    October 6, 2005 at 15:07

    I don’t get it. Why is it so hard for the court to turn over Roe v. Wade? What would be the fallout? Let’s see, right now, a significant number of people are pissed that abortion is legal. If it were overturned, a significant number of people would be pissed. It’s a divisive issue to be sure, but it’s divisive regardless of the direction the court rules.

    Secondly the court only gets to choose whether it will hear these cases or not. The question really is would lawyers be emboldened by their chance for success to bring these cases to the court. If they can get 10 commandment cases and right to life/death cases to the Supreme Court (right to die is coming up in this next season) why wouldn’t they try abortion?

    I hope you’ll explain why this isn’t a few appeals away. I don’t get it.

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