Civil and Human Rights

‘Scout’s Honor’: Justices Clash Over Pledge Abortion Ruling Won’t Revoke Other Precedents

Friday’s decision overturning “Roe v. Wade” raised concerns that decisions allowing privacy, birth control and same-sex marriage could be next.

…Like the court, some scholars disagree on what the abortion decision portends for those other rights.

The opinion provides the foundation for taking away other fundamental rights the court has long protected, said Elizabeth Wydra, president of the Constitutional Accountability Center. “Abortion rights might be the unenumerated rights that fall in this particular opinion, but other essential rights—including the right to marry or to access birth control—hang by a thread as well. As the joint dissent by Justices Breyer, Kagan and Sotomayor says, ‘no one should be confident that this majority is done with its work. The right Roe and Casey recognized does not stand alone.’”…

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