I was always under the impression that Roe v. Wade was never seriously challenged since the 1980’s, and just served as Republican bait for hopeful but naive Evangelicals during each and every election cycle.
But it turns out that I’ve been misinformed, and that we once had a victory not all that long ago – only to have it snatched from our hands by a sneaky little bug with a likely affinity for tuber crops…
The Supreme Court was about to overturn Roe v. Wade, until Justice Anthony Kennedy got cold feet.
In 1992, Chief Justice William Rehnquist was in his chambers writing the majority decision in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, a case that would have overturned legalized abortion. Unbeknownst to him, that’s when Kennedy got a note from the then-Justice Harry Blackmun.
”Dear Harry,” Blackmun wrote Kennedy in a little note. ”I need to see you as soon as you have a few free moments. I want to tell you about some developments in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, and at least part of what I say should come as welcome news.”
Kennedy had planned to join the majority that Rehnquist was currently writing. But in Blackmun’s chambers in the spring of 1992, the guardian of Roe convinced Kennedy, the Reagan nominee, to do otherwise.
Kennedy flipped his vote to join with Justices Sandra Day O’Connor, David Souter, John Stevens, and Blackmun to make up the majority. Those three justices, all but two appointed by Republican presidents, preserved abortion’s legality.
While the drama behind the decision wasn’t revealed until Blackmun turned over his papers to the Library of Congress in 2004, Kennedy immediately solidified his reputation as a swing vote.
If I can be honest for a second, I would say that the safest decision for Trump on this one would be to pick a White male Protestant to fill this position – the Catholic issue (especially if combined with Irish) is too much of a crap-shoot in my opinion, and the odds of getting another old-school traditionalist like Scalia is far less likely than getting another cuck like Kennedy who would proceed to “evolve” after getting on the bench.
It’s something too important to play egalitarian, in my opinion, for if Jew Ginsburg decides it’s time to meet her Lord and Protector Satan sometime this summer, we could theoretically find ourselves with a court that could make this country a whole lot more interesting in the coming years.
Everything (including Affirmative Action, faggotry, abortion, and even public vices like pornography) would suddenly be fair game, and combined with the demographic crisis we’re facing, could mean a heightening of tensions the likes of which we’ve never seen before.
But just note that my fear in all this is that nobody truly serious about curbing and/or reversing serious cultural issues could pass muster in the Senate thanks to the spineless nature of modern GOP Conservatism.