We’ve been ranting for a few weeks now about the latest abortion restrictions that passed in Oklahoma. The audacious nature of the bill and it’s impending court challenges should leave pro-choice advocates wondering if the law could end up in front of the US Supreme Court. According to UPI, it’s a fairly probably scenario.
There is no abortion case now on the Supreme Court’s docket, but one is coming up fast on the outside from the country’s heartland, and the justices may find themselves having to deal with it before recessing for the summer in late June.
Two Oklahoma laws were scheduled to go into effect Sunday. One would have required women seeking an abortion to fill out a 10-page questionnaire about their personal history and the reasons they were seeking an abortion, Rightjuris.com reports. Results would be posted on the Web.
The other would require women seeking an abortion to listen to a doctor as he or she described the fetus during an ultrasound.
Both are being challenged in the state courts. Last Monday, a state judge temporarily blocked the questionnaire provision on technical grounds. The law addresses unrelated issues in one bill, the judge said, in violation of the state Constitution.
The current make up of the Supreme Court makes me shudder as I ponder about the likelihood of them deciding the issue of abortion. We’ve got Scalia, Roberts, Thomas, and Alito on the anti-choice side of the debate. On the pro-choice, there’s Breyer, Ginsberg, and Stevens. Kennedy bats for both teams, depending on which way the wind blows, and Justice Sotomayor is an unknown at best. I’m sorry to be a Debbie Downer, but the math just doesn’t work out in our favor, ya’ll.
What do you think? If an abortion-related case ends up before the Supreme Court this session, will the odds play out in favor of choice? Or will the Court keep moving down the path towards overturning Roe?
For an oldie but goody that summarizes SCOTUS cases involving abortion, check out this story by NPR.