Would Roe Go?

Since the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision striking down laws prohibiting abortion, almost 20 million pregnancies have been terminated in the U.S. Robert Bork believes that ruling is without foundation. His opinion chills women's groups and cheers right-to-life supporters, who expect Bork to become part of a new court majority that will overturn Roe. That outcome, however, is far from certain.

Bork's position on the law is unequivocal. "Roe v. Wade," he asserted to Congress in 1981, "is itself an unconstitutional decision, a serious and wholly unjustifiable judicial usurpation of state legislative authority." He does not believe the Constitution...

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