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What a Roe reversal would mean for Trump

By W. James Antle III The Week

If the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade (1973), it will be a major victory for former President Donald Trump if he chooses to run again in 2024.

Yes, those are two big ifs. But social conservatives have a relationship with Republican presidents and Roe much like Charlie Brown and Lucy with the football: They’re told to turn out every four years to ensure the scourge of legal abortion can at a minimum be contained, and it never quite happens.

For decades, they’ve been one Supreme Court vote away from overturning the precedent that bars them from offering meaningful legal protection to the unborn. When Planned Parenthood v. Casey was handed down in 1992, for example, half of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush’s appointees voted to defend the core holding of Roe.


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