I think its an incredable foolish idea. But there welcome to try as it will most certainly backfire on them...
South Dakota might be for banning abortion (pop 754,000) but 70% of the United States does not (pop. 280 Million and counting). But once again the religous right MINORITY is absolutely determined to force its extremist agenda down the throat of the American MAJORITY.
And to what end? Even should the Bill pass and be signed into law there will most certainly be a court challenge and even if it survives the lower federal court (where most of these cases have died) and makes it to the U.S Supreme Court, the Supreme Court would still strike it down as the court still remains 5-4 in favor of Roe v. Wade. This would mean the the Roe ruling would have been Upheld 3 Times! I'm no constitutional scholar, but I do not know of a case in the history of the U.S Supreme Court that has been reversed after previously being upheld upholding 3 times before?
Gambling on Stevens retiring is also stupid. 1. Although hes old, he's in excellent health 2. he loves his job 3. Hes a pro-choice liberal, who probably wont stepdown until Bush is gone. Basically the pro-life group has got to hope he dies before Jan 20. 2009. Not good odds, espically when you figure that the Dems are probably going to make *some* ground in Congress after the mid-term elections, which will have a more direct impact on who gets on the USSC.
Lastly GOP politicals are not stupid. As much as they love to titilate the extremists they know perfectly well that any reversal of Roe would inoccur a devestating backlash at the polls. Roe will not be overturned as long as ther vast majority of public opinion supports it, its that simple. If they did, not only would they most certainly lose the next several elections but the Democrats would simply nominate pro-choice justices the moment seats became available, and the case would be certainly overturned again.
So overturning Roe is a lose-lose situation for the GOP.
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