Thirty states are poised to make abortion illegal within a year if the Supreme Court reversed its 1973 ruling establishing a woman's legal right to an abortion, an advocacy group said Tuesday.If that doesn't quite move the consequences into sharp relief, consider this: The next president will likely appoint two to four Supreme Court Justices, including the Chief Justice. If you think that a single moderate judge will see a nomination from Bush, you really are living on a different planet from the rest of us.
"The building blocks are already in place to recriminalize abortion," said Nancy Northup, the center's president.
Currently, it is believed that five of the nine justices support abortion rights, but that balance could be tipped if President Bush, in a second term, nominates a new justice who reflects his anti-abortion views. Democratic contender John Kerry is a strong supporter of abortion rights.