Two words explain why the right wing cares so much about who will fill the next vacancy on the Supreme Court: Citizens United.
That’s the name of the plaintiff in the decision, where the Court cast aside precedent to hold that there can be no limits on campaign contributions by an individual, corporation or association. Justice Antonin Scalia hopes that abortion is the next issue where the Court reverses itself.
The justice does not consider Roe v. Wade a binding precedent because, in his view, it was wrong, remains controversial and is an issue better left to legislators than judges.
Despite Gov. Romney’s recent efforts to move to the center on reproductive freedom, if elected, he is certain to nominate for the Court only those who meet an anti-choice litmus test.
Even if this doesn’t result in five votes to discard Roe v. Wade, there would surely be a further erosion of a woman’s privacy right.
In his recent letter to the editor, Dr. Morton M. Mower writes, “I can assure you that no one is about to reverse Roe v. Wade.” In this instance, a subsequent opinion by the Supreme Court could render that advice woefully wrong.
Del. Samuel I. “Sandy” Rosenberg