“Former acting Solicitor General Walter Dellinger predicted Tuesday night that the Supreme Court will overturn Roe vs. Wade, the landmark decision that gives women abortion rights.
The noted liberal scholar said the 1973 decision has become a “trophy” that the court’s conservative bloc could overturn if a Republican president chooses a replacement for Justice Anthony Kennedy.
“I absolutely believe it,” Dellinger said during a forum cosponsored by POLITICO.
“For a while I thought that one could simply chip away at a lot more and more regulations that sort of protected access (to abortions) for the most affluent women but really made it impossible for women who were vulnerable to geography, poverty (and) youth,” he added. “But now I think that, actually, it is such a symbol of a kind of jurisprudence that conservatives have set themselves in opposition to.”
I concur. I often see conjecture, from liberals and conservatives both, that legal conservatives would step back if finally give the opportunity to overturn Roe. And I always wonder: “Based on what?”
What on earth makes them think that?
The same is true of claims that if Roe were overturned, conservatives in Congress would allow states to make their own decisions regarding the legality of abortion. No, they would not. At the first opportunity, they would try to federalize that policy. Life doesn’t begin at conception in some states but not in others.
And as Politico notes, “such a decision by the Supreme Court would pour barrels of gasoline onto the now smoldering fires of the never-ending culture war.”