What do Only 12% of Americans Support in regards to Roe v. Wade?


Since the announcement of the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, the Left has been obsessed with Roe vs. Wadethe 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion throughout pregnancy. With invocations of Armageddon and cries that the sky is falling, voices of the Democratic Party, Planned Parenthood, and numerous other abortion-supporters are painting nightmare scenarios of the disappearance of Roe vs. Wadeand along with it, of any semblance of women’s rights in America.

Their concerns are oversimplified and, in fact, a sign of the weakness of their position.

First of all, we’ve been down this road before. Ever since the nomination of Sandra Day O’Connor by President Reagan in 1981, the other side has been fear-mongering about the downfall of Roe vs. Wade. Within 45 minutes of the nomination of Robert Bork in 1987, Senator Ted Kennedy declared on the floor of the Senate that “Robert Bork’s America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions.” The nomination of David Souter, who was originally expected to vote with the conservative wing of the Court, was protested by the National Organization for Women and its leader Molly Yard who testified that Souter would “end freedom for women in this country.”

And now, with Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination, the same dire predictions are being made. And the raucous rally in front of the Supreme Court on the night his nomination was announced was filled with “Protect Roe” signs.

While it is true that this nomination shifts the balance toward the conservative wing of an often divided Court, we simply do not know how or when Roe vs. Wade will be reversed. Only one Justice, Clarence Thomas, has indicated explicitly his willingness to do so.

It is reasonable to think, of course, that judges, including Brett Kavanaugh, who are opposed to judicial activism, would oppose a decision that one of its dissenters, Justice Byron White, called “an exercise of raw judicial power” and that even many pro-choice constitutional experts criticize as completely lacking in constitutional reasoning.

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