Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Danger Ahead: Some conservatives have said here and elsewhere that there is no reason to worry. Even if the Supreme Court eventually overturns Roe v. Wade, abortion won't automatically become illegal. It will just be left up to the states.

Well, it appears that several states are already considering banning abortion outright, even though a pro-Roe majority still sits on the Court (that's even assuming Alito and Roberts vote to overturn).

Sure, most states would keep abortion legal, possibly enacting some further restrictions. But you will see several ban it completely. Keeping reproductive rights legal in most parts of the country is little solace to a poor woman who finds herself desperate and pregnant in a state that has outlawed abortion. This is why equal protection under the law should be available to all Americans, regardless of the Red State/Blue State demographic breakdown.


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