For fans of the abortion debate, startling news:
“PIERRE, South Dakota (AP) — Legislation meant to prompt a national legal battle targeting Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, was approved Wednesday by the South Dakota Senate, moving the bill a step closer to final passage. The measure, which would ban nearly all abortions in the state, now returns to the House, which passed a different version earlier. The House must decide whether to accept changes made by the Senate, which passed its version 23-12.
“It is the time for the South Dakota Legislature to deal with this issue and protect the lives and rights of unborn children,” said Democratic Sen. Julie Bartling, the bill’s main sponsor.”
“Bartling and other supporters noted that the recent appointment of Justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito make the Supreme Court more likely to consider overturning Roe v. Wade. President Bush, a Republican and an abortion foe, might also have a chance to appoint a third justice in the next few years, they said…
Other state legislatures are considering similar measures.”
An abortion showdown in the Supreme Court might actually bode well for Roe v. Wade supporters; I don’t think the Supreme Court would overturn Roe v. Wade and by so-called pro-life supporters losing in the Supreme Court, so-called pro-choice advocates would not have to worry about it anymore.