Abortion Rights: “ash heap of history” or Surviving the Smoke?

Publication Year:
2017
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Repository URL:
https://digitalcommons.law.ggu.edu/ggu_law_review_blog/48
Author(s):
Whitley, Alicyn B.
Tags:
ABORTION; ABORTION RIGHTS; CONSTITUTION; CONSTITUTIONAL LAW; DONALD TRUMP; GORSUCH; INAUGURATION; JUDICIAL; MIKEPENCE; PLANNEDPARENTHOOD; PROCHOICE; PROLIFE; ROE V. WADE; SUPREME COURT; UNITEDSTATES; WOMENS MARCH; Constitutional Law
blog description
The possibility of further restrictions of abortion rights smolder on the horizon, but currently remain at bay. After Whole Woman’s Health, a Trump appointed nominee will likely swing the Court toward a 5‑4 majority in favor of upholding current abortion law. Justices Breyer, Kennedy, Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Kagan voted to reaffirm Casey’s “undue burden” standard safeguarding a woman’s fundamental right to an abortion. Thomas, Alito, and Roberts were the three Justices to dissent to the opinion. If all the current justices were to remain on the bench until after the next president is elected, the potential threat to abortion rights should remain dormant even if Justice Gorsuch were to side with the dissent.