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Roe v Wade, Abortion & Reproductive Rights

posted Nov 29, 2016, 7:33 PM by Daniel Laurison


Trump claimed during his presidential campaign that Roe v Wade would automatically be overturned because he planned on appointing pro-life judges to the Supreme Court. In reality, the Supreme Court has a 5-3 majority right now supporting reproductive rights. There is one vacancy due to the death of Scalia that Trump has to fill (because Republicans blocked confirmation of Obama's appointee, Merrick Garland - http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/06/politics/merrick-garland-supreme-court-wait/). Even if he did appoint a pro-life judge to this spot, this would “merely restore the status quo of the court.” There shouldn’t be any real concern unless he gets to nominate one more justice which would be a 5-3 imbalance in favor of pro-choice. Trump said if the reversal were to go through then it would be up to state legislatures to determine which circumstances women were allowed to access abortions in. Likely Northeast states and West coast states would support women’s reproductive rights, but all other states would enact some sort of limitation whether that be abortion only within the first trimester or a total ban of the procedure unless the mother’s life is at risk. When this was brought up to Trump in a 60 minutes interview he said “well, they’ll perhaps have to go, they’ll have to go to another state.” Obviously not all women have the resources to just get up and go wherever so that could be devasting for women. But overall, it is not likely that the decision will be completely reversed.