View Full Version : Justice Roberts Hints He Could Overturn Roe

01-25-2010, 07:34 AM
Chief Justice John Roberts last week made it clear that the Supreme Court over which he presides will not hesitate to sweep away its own major constitutional rulings when doing so is necessary to defend America’s bedrock governing document.

The announcement of that guiding core principle means two very big things. First, Roberts and his fellow strict constructionists on the court are now armed and ready with a powerful rationale for overturning the 1973 Roe v. Wade abortion ruling if Justice Anthony Kennedy or a future justice becomes the fifth vote against Roe.

Secondly, successfully placing Roberts atop the high court is beginning to look like former President George W. Bush’s most important legacy – a gift that will keep on giving for conservatives for decades.

In last Thursday’s 5-to-4 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling dismantling the McCain-Feingold campaign law, Roberts joined with fellow Bush appointee Justice Samuel Alito to issue a separate concurrence “to address the important principles of judicial restraint and stare decisis implicated in this case.”


01-25-2010, 09:00 AM
Ah but the Roe defenders will reply that it is a 'super-precedent' (compared to the finance law) that can't be overturned since it has been in place so long. Never mind that Plessy v Ferguson was overruled after 50 years. Never mind that Roe itself overturned over 180 years of settled law in almost all the states. Roe supports the baby death regime, it must never go!

Stary Hickory
01-25-2010, 10:32 AM
Over turn it and send it to the states to decide. So we can end this endless bickering. It's obviously a very touchy issue. No one has the right to kill another human being. If we cannot all agree we can at the very least live in societies that correspond to our values.