Texans Are Divided About Whether To Keep 'Roe V. Wade'

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Trump's Supreme Court pick has yet to be officially announced, though some sources, including CNBC, have reported that the president has "quietly" settled on D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

But those with absolutist views are in the minority: Just 25 percent said abortion should be legal in all cases and 16 percent said it should be illegal in all cases.

"The threat level is very high now", Myrick says.

"This administration, this president are pro-life, but what the American people ought to know is that, as the president said today, this is not an issue that he discussed with Judge Kavanaugh". During the 2016 campaign, Pence said that he hoped to see the ruling end up on "the ash heap of history", while Trump predicted that Roe v. Wade would be overturned "automatically" if he appointed anti-abortion-rights justices to the court.

Kennedy embraced liberal arguments on abortion.

Roughly a dozen other states appear unlikely to enact tougher abortion laws, and some of those, such as California and Maryland, have laws explicitly protecting the right to access abortion. The new restrictions contributed to the closing of more than 50 clinics nationwide between 2011 and 2014, according to the Guttmacher Institute, which tracks abortion-related data.

At the same time, 21 states adopted 58 measures a year ago meant to expand access to women's reproductive health care services.

As of now, four states - Louisiana, Mississippi and North and South Dakota - have what are known as abortion "trigger laws". In a short scrum with reporters after the rally, however, Vukmir refused to say whether she wanted the Supreme Court to undo Roe or Casey.

Overturning Roe would accelerate the process, abortion rights activists say, because states would no longer have to worry about a federal judge standing in their way.

Some have been formally blocked by the courts, but not repealed.

Pence was similarly evasive in response, saying Trump picked Kavanaugh for his "background", "temperament" and "experience". A mere reversal of Roe would not have stopped New York, California, and other states from offering legal abortion for both residents and non-residents.

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With issues like immigration and trade already causing significant backlash from US citizens, the prospect of overturning a law as controversial as the right to an abortion will only further divide opponents of the Trump administration from Republicans. One of these will have to get to the Supreme Court to enable a majority to overturn Roe.

For a decade, pro-life organizations focused most of their efforts on campaigning for an antiabortion constitutional amendment, but by the mid-1980s it became apparent that, even with a Republican Senate and a Republican president, there was no chance that they could get this amendment through Congress, let alone convince the requisite number of state legislatures to ratify it.

The cases fall into three major categories.

MS has a 15-week ban, now being challenged in federal court.

The second category involves regulations on abortion providers.

If Roe goes away, laws that previously would have been rejected by the courts will have real consequences, not only for pregnant women, but for politicians, too.

"The court cares about things like its own legitimacy", says Myrick, "and how often a precedent has been upheld in the past".

Originalist opinions are unwelcome to abortion advocates who have relied heavily on the 1973 Roe decision that essentially created a right to abortion - though none ever existed in the Constitution.

Julie Rovner is chief Washington correspondent for Kaiser Health News, a nonprofit news service, which is an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation and not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.

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