So, the Washington Post
reports that Harriet Miers has discounted reports she would overturn Roe
. They write:Trying to woo senators who will determine whether she is confirmed for the court, Miers aided the White House as it scrambled yesterday to quell controversy over a published report that two Texas judges said she opposes the 1973 decision that affirmed the right to an abortion in all 50 states. "She said, 'No one knows how I would rule on Roe v. Wade ,' " Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) told reporters after their private meeting.
No one knows? How about you lady? Anyway, despite the ostensibly reassuring news that she's still playing coy on Roe, an even more disturbing, but more subtle revelation follows:Meanwhile, Schumer said that he had asked Miers whether she believes Griswold is "settled law," and that "she said she was not ready to give an answer on that."
Now, Griswold vs. Connecticut
if anything is a more significant ruling than Roe
considering it was the decision that established the right of women to use birth control on the basis of personal privacy. So, we don't know if she'll overturn Roe
or even if she'll support Griswold
! Not that it matters anyway, since there is still enough sanity on the court that it is unlikely anyone but Scalia would join her in a challenge to Griswold
in the unlikely event a challenge would even come before the court.
Now in terms of Giving Up. Three things are of note.
1. If Roe
were overturned abortion would still be legal in 17 states and most of the Blue states that still have antiquated laws would quickly legislate a cure.
2. The whole idea that the Supreme court originally was acting anti-democratic in establishing a right to abortion is absurd, as at the time there was national disapproval of the abortion ban because it was only a socio-economic ban. Women could still obtain abortions if they had enough cash to say, fly to New York (which provided 1 million abortions a year, almost as many as are performed across the country nowadays).
3. This map, which shows that once again, the red states are just screwing themselves with this, and will just have to learn, again, the hard way.
Menacker F, Martin JA, MacDorman MF, Ventura SJ. Births to 10-14 year-old mothers, 1990-2002: Trends and health outcomes. National vital statistics reports; vol 53 no 7. Hyattsville, Maryland: National Center for Health Statistics. 2004.