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Tuesday, July 05, 2005

The Big Roe Lie

One of the tacts that liberal activists are already taking with respect to Sandra Day O'Connor's replacement is perpetuating the myth that Roe v. Wade is in danger of being overturned.

The fact is that the present make-up of the court supports Roe by a vote of 6-3. Even if the President added a Justice who did not find the right to an abortion embodied in the text of the Constitution, as shocking as that might sound, the decision would still stand. Where O'Connor served as a swing vote was on the gruesome practice of partial-birth abortion. Frankly, the majority of Americans oppose this brutal practice, so a change on that front would bring the court more in line with the average person, for those who care about such things.

Further, groups like NOW and NARAL are trying to scare people into thinking that abortion is on the verge of being outlawed. That is not the case. Even if Roe was overturned, the decision would be left to the states. I imagine many would enact more restrictive laws, but many others wouldn't, and some might even loosen restrictions.

Of course, none of this will prevent those groups from spreading lies and misinformation in order to paint the President's choice as an "extremist."

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