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Sparkly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 10:35 AM
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Wanted by GOP: Pregnant White Woman in Tragic Circumstances
Here's my prediction of how they'll go about this.

They'll build from "Laci and Connor's law," aka the "Unborn Victims of Violence Act." They need some heart-wrenching national news story that brings one more case up to the Supreme Court, with plenty of the sort of media coverage we saw for Chandra, Laci, Terri, Natalee, etc.

I'm no legal scholar, but perhaps it might involve a pregnant woman (white, pretty) who survives an attack trying to charge a man with murder of the fetus rather than merely "increased penalties." Something like that. Or perhaps the child is harmed in utero and is born with a tragic result.

Once they decide an "unborn child," no matter what the stage of development, is a citizen with rights under the Constitution, Roe is over. That's what they're looking for, but they'll want to drag it out over a long period of time to keep the public fighting over it. And I think they'd like it to go back to the states for plenty of local uproar and division.

What do you think?
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jojo54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 10:58 AM
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1. I have a question.
If the SCOTUS makes a judgement, can it be overturned by any entitiy other than itself? That is to say, before others retire and maybe moderates get confirmed.

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kevsand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 11:22 AM
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3. No.
Only the Supreme Court can overturn a Supreme Court decision. Having said that, Congress does have the ability to shift the ground, either in conjunction with the states by constitutional amendment, or all by themselves by clarifying or modifying or adding new laws. A constitutional amendment stands until overturned by another amendment. Congressional changes in the law are subject to further review by the courts.
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Coexist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 11:15 AM
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2. Add pretty and preferably blonde to your description
to make the case more "compelling" ya' know.
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kevsand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 11:24 AM
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4. That's pretty scary,
in large part because it seems so plausible. This would be the smartest way for them to go, and would undoubtedly create the greatest difficulties for defenders of choice.
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electron_blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 11:27 AM
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5. Yeah, be ready for Jeb to claim that T. Schiavo was pg
Just kidding, of course. Otoh - never know with these Bushies.
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Theres-a Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 12:51 PM
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6. Uh-oh
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bearfan454 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 12:54 PM
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7. It could happen Sparkly
It could.
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NoSheep Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 01:24 PM
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8. Here ya go.....
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