Tuesday, February 7, 2017

How Would We Enforce New Abortion Laws?

speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on Februar...
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With the changes that have taken place owing to the election of President Donald Trump, it is not inconceivable that prohibition, or major restrictions, on abortions may ensue in the next few years. Several possible scenarios come to mind.
If the nomination of Neal Gorsuch for the Supreme Court is approved, and a significant test case calling into question the validity of Roe v. Wade enters into the Court’s roster, the 1973 decision might be reversed. By default, although it was never legislated, Roe v. Wade became the “law of the land.” Contrary to what most people think, many Supreme Court decisions have been overruled or revised. Obergefell v. Hodges (2015) overturned Baker v. Hodges (1972), which had left the status of same-sex marriages in question. So some future case might be the catalyst for overruling Roe v. Wade’s application of the “right to privacy” to abortion.
Or (depending on his pro-life commitment), President Trump
English: Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth Presid...
English: Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth President of the United States.. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
might resurrect one of Lincoln’s maneuvers. After Dred Scott (1857) established the protection of slavery as the “law of the land,” Lincoln and the Republican Congress in 1885-86 engineered the passing of the 13th and 14th Amendments to make the abolition of slavery crystal clear.

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