January 26, 2022

Democrats beginning to panic as Roe v. Wade looks to be increasingly in danger of being overthrown

It’s been the aim of pro-lifers for years to overturn the precedent that legalized abortion. Now many are eyeing a new challenge to a Mississippi abortion law that could be the case that does it.

Amy Davidson Sorkin speculated that Roe v. Wade is in danger of being overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, according to her New Yorker opinion piece. The high court began hearing arguments last week in what could become a pivotal case.

Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization centers on a Mississippi law that restricted abortions after 15 weeks, a fact that is at odds with Roe’s standard of viability. “The Court thus put Roe on the docket when it took the case this spring, saying that it would consider whether states could impose pre-viability restrictions,” Sorkin pointed out.

“That alone is a broad mandate; without viability, the standard for drawing the line becomes unclear, less tethered to a principle, and possibly nonexistent,” she continued. Sorkin also noted that another law coming down the pike limits abortions after 6 weeks, further chipping away at the original decision.

The author noted that justices seemed to be operating from a position that overturning the decades-old precedent was inevitable. Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett particularly treated it like an eventuality.

“It was telling that Kavanaugh and the other conservative Justices focussed not on whether to overturn Roe and Casey but on what would be left if they did,” Sorkin asserted. However, the author also postulated that the abolishment of Roe would take the teeth out of key political arguments, especially to the detriment of the right.

“Another [question] might be whether certain Republicans, whose Party has pushed opposition to reproductive rights as a usefully divisive issue, will come to regret what they have wrought,” Sorkin wrote. “Some who found taking that position easy when lack of access to abortion was an abstraction, because of Roe’s protection, may face different demands from their own voters now.”

“A more pressing question may be whether people who care about reproductive rights are ready to take the fight to legislatures in all fifty states,” she added. “That is where the future of abortion will most likely be decided, in a world after Roe. The country will be a different place.”

While it’s true that overturning Roe will create a new tangled web of issues to be sorted through, it would be an important step to stopping the evil of abortion. Whether the current court has the intestinal fortitude to make it happen is another issue, however.

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