The 5-4 decision swung on
In the new case, he cited the principle of giving great weight to precedent, meant to keep the court from being whipsawed by political swings. Roberts showed wisdom in embracing that principle, rather than leveraging President
That's better advice than Roberts received from
Voters should remember this attack on decades of federal and state abortion protections even though it fell short. The 1973 Roe vs. Wade finding of a Constitutional right to privacy -- which includes reproductive decisions -- endures only because the nation's highest court has not overturned this legalization.
The dissenting opinions Monday showed eagerness to allow states to erode abortion access, purportedly in the name of women's safety, or, as Justice
The people of
That's good for Washingtonians, but the right to choice cannot fairly be constrained by state lines.
Monday's decision protects, for now, the heavy-handed restrictions by lawmakers whose real goal is to end abortion outright. While the moment is worth celebrating,
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