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Reminder: Overturning Roe v. Wade Won’t Stop Abortion

One reason we’ve been given to vote Republican in the elections since 1972 is that they will appoint judges to overturn Roe v. Wade, thus ending legalized abortion in this country.

I think this is a pretty weak reason. First, a President has to appoint Supreme Court justices who will overturn the decision. As President George H. W. Bush found out with David Souter, this isn’t as easy as it sounds. Then the court has to get an abortion case appealed all the way to the US Supreme Court. Then the court has to vote to overturn precedent, something it tries not to do too often. But let’s suppose all these things happen? Then what?

Then it goes back to the states. Roe v. Wade prohibited states from banning abortion. States could and did have legal abortions before 1972. States with strong support for abortion rights, such as California and New York will continue to have legalized abortions. Since they have large populations and likely already have a large share of the nation’s abortions, it stands to reason that a large portion of the nation’s abortions will continue after Roe v. Wade gets repealed.

If Republicans were serious about ending legalized abortions in this country, they’d bring the country’s business to a halt until they passed a Human Life Amendment out of Congress and get it ratified by the states. That is the only way to eliminate legalized abortion in this country. And yet, did it ever come up for a vote while Republicans controlled Congress and the Presidency? No. Has any Human Life Amendment escaped committee? Not since the 101st Congress in 1989-90.  Clearly the Republican Congressional leadership was uninterested in making the amendment happen while they controlled Congress.

So if getting sympathetic judges is chancy and if repealing Roe v. Wade won’t stop the majority of abortions being done in this country and Republicans refuse to act on the one legislative solution, why base your Presidential vote on this one issue? I think it would be better to support the 95/10 plan, which lays out methods and metrics to actually eliminate 95% of abortions within ten years.

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