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Thursday, July 21, 2005

IF ROE GOES: Interesting perspective: The writer says the GOP will pay a big political price if Roberts helps overturn Roe v. Wade. I get the point, but I disagree. Overturning Roe would return abortion to the political domain, where it has always belonged. Not all pro-choice voters are absolutist in their views; there's enough ambivalence in the culture at large on abortion to make me think not every Republican state legislator who votes to restrict or even outlaw abortion will necessarily pay the ultimate price of election defeat. In any case, I doubt that the (soon-to-be?) Scalia Court would overturn Roe, even if the votes to do so are there. The high court doesn't like to overrule itself (especially more than three decades later) especially when the same goal — reduced incidence of abortion — can be achieved by upholding various state legislative restrictions. Like: Minor kids needing to get parental approval before an abortion, just as minors now need to get mom or dad to sign off on a tooth extraction.