The Supreme Court, re-entering the politically charged abortion debate, agreed Monday to hear a state appeal seeking to reinstate a law requiring parental notification before minors can terminate their pregnancies.
Justices will review a lower court ruling that struck down New Hampshire's parental notification law. The Boston-based 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the 2003 law was unconstitutional because it didn't provide an exception to protect the minor's health in the event of a medical emergency.
The decision to review the emotional case, which came amid wide speculation that Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist's retirement is looming, will be heard in the next term beginning in October. Liberal groups have vowed to fight any Rehnquist replacement who opposes the high court's landmark 1973 decision legalizing abortion.
In its last major abortion decision in 2000, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that state abortion laws must provide an exception to protect the mother's health. Justices at the time reasoned that a Nebraska law, which banned so-called "partial-birth" abortions, placed an "undue burden" on women's abortion rights.
It's as if they just reached out, and turned the volume up on the filibuster debate.
'Cause in the end, abortion is what the fight over the filibuster is all about. If the Dems loose the ability to filibuster, then there is no stopping the republicans. They can put anyone they want on the Supreme Court. And that means overturning Roe V. Wade.
Hell, everytime a republican says 'activist judge', there should be a disclaimer explaining that said republican is talking about reversing Roe V. Wade.
...it's as if the Supreme Court just slapped Bill Frist in the head, and told him to stop trying to change the subject.
...do you know who the NYS Lotto Man is? The guy who says: "The New York State Lotto jackpot is now (insert large number here) million dollars. That's (large number) MILLION DOLLARS!", and then all the people listening run off to buy lotto tickets.
It's like that guy came out and said: "The filibuster debate in the U.S. Senate is now about abortion. I said it's NOW ABOUT ABORTION!", and everybody runs outside to hold up protest signs...
Yeah, it's like that.