Foes of Roe v. Wade: Primed and Ready

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Foes of Roe v. Wade: Primed and Ready

Samuel Alito hasn't taken a seat on SCOTUS yet, much less even received Senate confirmation. But anti-abortion groups and their state-level allies have already begun getting their ducks in a row by passing a state ban that can eventually test the post-O'Connor resilience of Roe v. Wade.

According to the Associated Press:
... Lawmakers in two states are proposing broad abortion bans they hope will eventually win approval from a reconfigured, more conservative high court.

... (in) Indiana and Ohio ... conservative lawmakers are introducing bills to ban abortion outright. They hope their measures become law and then face legal challenges that lead to a Supreme Court reconsideration of the 1973 Roe ruling that established abortion rights nationwide.

... It remains unclear how far the proposed Indiana or Ohio bans will progress .... Mary Spaulding Balch, director of state legislation for the National Right to Life Committee, said she is cautiously optimistic that the new Supreme Court — with two justices appointed by President Bush — will be more favorable to abortion restrictions even if reversal of Roe is not imminent.

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