A Practical (Non Academic) Review of the Supreme Court’s Political Role: Roe v. Wade Revisited … and a New Definition of the ‘Right to Choose’

Introduction

Supreme Court nominations have been much in the news, let me join the discussion with propositions on: The role of the Court in our political system; critical qualifications for the Court’s intellectual leadership; the ideal make up of the Court’s membership as a whole, with emphasis on diversity; the critical need for open-minds and genuine independence; a warning to the so-called Originalists (‘Be careful what you wish for.’); and, finally, a discussion (inevitable in today’s environment) of Roe v. Wade,[1]  as confined by Gonzales v. Carhart.[2]

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