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Overturning Roe v. Wade Could Remake American Politics

Posted On: Jul 5, 2018   |   Posted By: The New Republic

In his satirical 2004 American history textbook, comedian Jon Stewart joked that the Supreme Court's landmark Roe v.
Wade ruling had settled the abortion issue once and for all. “The
Court rules that the right to privacy protects a woman's decision to have an abortion and the fetus is not a person with constitutional rights, thus ending all debate on this once-controversial issue,” Stewart solemnly recounted, tongue firmly in cheek. The 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, in fact, unleashed massive protest and controversy across the United States, extending into the present day. And it profoundly altered our political landscape, providing a rallying cry and a lightning rod for social conservatives. Now, Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement from the bench has American conservatives chomping at the bit: with the swing vote removed and replaced with a nominee of President Trump's choosing, perhaps the 1973 ruling can be overturned. Conservatives' own history, however, suggests that they should be careful for what they...

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