The Lamp

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Confusion of Roe v. Wade

Posted by thelamp on July 14, 2006

Roe v. Wade is one of the worst U.S. Supreme Court decisions in legal history; it created a right to privacy that doesn’t exist in the Constitution, and it’s led to the murder of at least 45 million innocent children through abortion.

What isn’t well known, even among defenders of life, is that overturning Roe wouldn’t be the end of the battle to protect the unborn – it would be the beginning.

Last week a national poll suggested that the vast majority of Americans hold essentially pro-life views on the abortion issue. Fully 75 percent of those surveyed said they believe abortion should never be legal or should only be legal in very limited circumstances or not past the first trimester of pregnancy. It’s especially heartening that respondents between ages 18 to 34 were more likely than the survey sample as a whole to hold a pro-life view of the abortion issue. Only 41 percent of those responding adopted a pro-choice view of the issue.

The same survey showed that while 65 percent of Americans say they are familiar with the impact of Roe v. Wade, only 29 percent actually understand that the 1973 decision made abortion legal in essentially all circumstances throughout a pregnancy. The rest who said they were familiar with the decision believed it made abortion legal only in limited circumstances.

If the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe in the coming years – and that is not a given, even with the new composition of the court – it would not make abortion illegal across the country. Instead, state laws would take precedence, as they did before Roe. The battle over abortion would move from the courts to democratically elected state legislatures, where the decisions should have been made all along.

Many states, for example, would follow the lead of South Dakota, whose recently passed abortion-ban law is scheduled to take effect July 1. Others, however, have passed laws that would protect access to abortion in the event Roe were overturned. Much would depend on the political climate in each state at the time.


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