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Monday, January 25, 2010

Pro-Choice Advocates Show Concern

Last Thursday, January 21, the US Supreme Court passed down a 5-4 ruling that overturned a campaign finance ban, which has been in place for over a hundred years.

At first glance, this decision appears to merely affect political candidates seeking office, but in honesty, this decison also signifies great concern for the safety of precedent like that of Roe v. Wade.

During a week of celebration over the 37th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in America, this recent Supreme Court decision has pro-choice advocates worried that the court will seek out reason to review and reverse the 1973 decision that secured women the right to privacy and to have the medical procedure of abortion.

"[Last week's] court decision, which exhibited a stunning disregard for settled law of decades' standing, is terrifying to those of us who care deeply about the constitutional protections the court put in place for women's access to abortion," said Nancy Northup, Center for Reproductive Rights. "We are deeply concerned... [This] decision shows the court will reach out to take an opportunity to wholesale reverse a precedent the hard right has never liked."

The overturning of the corporate election ban was strongly supported by right-wing conservatives, and reproductive rights activists and legal experts believe the right to abortion is next on the chopping block.

Read more in this article from Politico.

Also, check out this commentary from Jezebel.com on the Supreme Court decison.

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