JUST IN: Donald Trump Makes ‘Roe Vs Wade’ Announcement, Women Are HORRIFIED (DETAILS)


Roe v. Wade could be overturned in a Donald Trump presidency. In his 60 Minutes interview with Leslie Stahl, she point-blank asked him if he would overturn the four-decades-old law protecting women’s reproductive rights. The billionaire suggested women could just “go to another state.” Does that mean Trump is going to make his jet available for them?

No, he probably wouldn’t. For a man born with a silver-spoon in his mouth and a gold skyscraper in his name, the president-elect probably cannot relate to a woman living paycheck-to-paycheck and facing the terribly difficult choice of having an abortion.

He definitely will nominate a “pro-life” Supreme Court judge, so the “if” in overturning Roe v. Wade, could become a rock hard “will” overturn it. The 43-year-old law is on the chopping block. But when Stahl asked him about same-sex marriage, which became law last year, he said:

‘It was already settled. It’s law. These cases have gone to the Supreme Court. They’ve been settled. … I’m fine with that.’

But here is what Trump had to say about Roe v. Wade:

‘If [Roe v. Wade] ever were overturned, it would go back to the states.’

Stahl pushed a little:

‘But then some women won’t be able to get an abortion?’

So, the president-elect said:

‘Yeah, well, they’ll perhaps have to go — they’ll have to go to another state.’

When Stahl asked if that was okay with him, he responded:

‘Well, we’ll see what happens. It’s got a long way to go.’

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews of Hardball asked him during the primary if the court outlawed abortion, what would the consequence be? Trump said that women would face ”some form of punishment.”

But Roe v. Wade will probably not be overturned in the next four years and maybe never.

Litigation director at the Center for Reproductive Rights, Julie Rikelman, told Vox that she does not think the court will overturn Roe v. Wade. Why? There are three reasons: precedent (stari decisis), the current court makeup, and whether the court would take the case.

On precedent, Rikelman said:

‘Roe v. Wade has now been the law of the land for over 40 years. It has lasted through a number of anti-choice administrations, including those who vowed to put justices on the court that would overturn Roe v. Wade. And in those over 40 years, many cases have come up to the Supreme Court where there was a request for Roe v. Wade to be overturned, but it wasn’t.’

Rikelman said that in other words, many justices keep their personal biases private. Instead, she says:

‘Respecting precedent is a huge part of maintaining the integrity of the institution.’

Trump could appoint an uber-conservative ninth justice who favors overturning Roe v. Wade. But Rikelman said the four more liberal justices and swing-vote Justice, Anthony Kennedy, voted to strengthen abortion rights in Whole Woman’s Health.

So Trump could appoint two uber-conservative justices who are willing to buck precedent and “set precedent on fire.” Even so, the case needs to be heard. Rikelman said:

‘A case can’t just sort of show up two weeks from now at the Supreme Court that would allow it to overturn Roe v. Wade. There are rules about when the Supreme Court takes cases, and it takes very, very few of the cases that come before it — a tiny percentage. And so it could be many years before a case even came in front of the Court that would give it the opportunity to overturn Roe v. Wade.’

However, Roe v. Wade can be undermined by the states. A 20-week ban means that if a woman finds a devastating fetal anomaly, such as those caused by the Zika virus, when she gets her 20-week ultrasound, she would have to go to another state for an abortion.

If a woman doesn’t realize she is pregnant for 12 weeks or can’t afford an abortion early on, she would either have to go to a state that approves the procedure or go to another country.

All-in-all, Roe v. Wade is probably safe — at least for a while. So, now is the time to get to work protecting it at the state level.

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H/T: ABC 60 Minutes and Vox.