Sweeping Roe v. Wade Decision? Not Roberts' Style

Analysts think his Supreme Court more likely to 'chip away' than overturn
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2019 11:15 AM CDT
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.   (Win McNamee/Pool via AP)

(Newser) – As several states move to restrict abortion—including Alabama and now Missouri, per CBS News—the big question is whether these new laws will lead to a direct challenge at the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade. But one common theme in coverage is that Chief Justice John Roberts prefers a more incremental approach, suggesting his court is more likely to "chip away" at the right to abortion, rather than overturn it in one sweeping decision, writes Adam Liptak in the New York Times. Details:

  • His usual way: Roberts has used a "step-by-step approach" in other big cases that have moved law to the right, including decisions on Citizens United and the Voting Rights Act, writes David Savage in the Los Angeles Times. Roberts "has typically resisted moving quickly to decide major controversies," and that will likely be the case now, especially with an election less than two years away.

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