Dan Abrams: ‘Roe v. Wade is as Vulnerable as it’s Been Since it Was Decided’
ABC Chief Legal Analyst and Mediaite founder Dan Abrams doesn’t necessarily believe Roe v. Wade is doomed just yet.
Speaking to ABC World News’ David Muir Wednesday about the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, Abrams contended that even though “Roe v. Wade is as vulnerable as it’s been since it was decided… that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s overturned” when a replacement judge is appointed.
“Justices tend to be very deferential to cases they have already ruled on,” Abrams explained. “So what could happen the opinion could get gutted, which would mean, as a practical matter, it becomes nearly impossible for women in certain states to get abortions, but we’ll have to see.”
Muir noted that Kennedy was a crucial swing vote for the years he was on the court, deciding for both conservatives and liberals in key decisions.
“Now the question is going to be, what happens with Chief Justice Roberts?” Abrams pointed out. “Does he become a potential swing vote?”
“He’s not going to be Kennedy. I don’t think anyone expects that,” he continued on. “But he’s so respectful of the institution of the court, and as a result, the question is going to be, does he fight to keep precedent on the books, in effect? And as a result, will he end up splitting from some of his conservative allies, will he evolve? We’ll just have to see.”
Watch above, via ABC News.
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