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Old 05-16-2019, 08:37 AM
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What has made abortion so controversial the last 40-50 years is that the freedom to have one was decided by the Court. It would still be contentious if it were decided by the legislature, but it's the idea that no matter what laws the current government wants, abortion rights remain essentially unchanged. Predictably, the states have responded to this by asserting what legislative powers they do have at the state level to the point where it has reduced the number of abortion clinics to all but just a handful in some of the more conservative states. They will continue to fight at the state level to the point where abortion becomes de facto illegal in conservative states. This is partly why I think that the SCOTUS, regardless of how conservative it may eventually become, will probably not overturn Roe v Wade entirely, but will do so piecemeal over the next 5-10 years.