Former acting Solicitor General Walter Dellinger predicted Tuesday night that the Supreme Court will overturn Roe vs. Wade, the landmark decision that gives women abortion rights.
-- From "Predicting an end to Roe v. Wade" by James Hohmann, Politico 6/23/10
The noted liberal scholar said the 1973 decision has become a “trophy” that the court’s conservative bloc could overturn if a Republican president chooses a replacement for Justice Anthony Kennedy.
“I absolutely believe it,” Dellinger said during a forum cosponsored by POLITICO.
Such a decision by the Supreme Court would pour barrels of gasoline onto the now smoldering fires of the never-ending culture war.
Rachel Brand, the former assistant attorney general under George W. Bush who helped usher Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito through the confirmation process, demurred on a question about Roe’s reversal.
“Frankly it has not occurred to me that that is of any kind of reasonable likelihood any time soon,” she said. “But I will say that whenever Justice Kennedy retires, if the court looks anything like it does now in terms of makeup, that will be the mother of all confirmation fights. That will be brutal, and I wouldn’t want to be in my old job for that one.”
The hour-long debate between Brand and Dellinger about the future of the judiciary, before a packed George Washington University auditorium . . .
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