There’s a new ad over on the right. It says, in part,
For the first time in over a decade, there’s a vacancy on the Supreme Court. Unless we act quickly and forcefully, the Bush administration will make sure it’s filled by a right-wing activist bent on ending a woman’s right to choose.
Yes, this IS the big one. The Supreme Court has been divided 5-4 on many decisions, and outgoing Justice O’Connor has been the deciding vote on a number of these cases. Most notably abortion.
So this is the big one for abortion. This is it. Next year states could have the right to decide if you or someone you know can or can not have an abortion if necessary. Believe it or not.
P.S. I found that 5-4 list through The Carpetbagger Report, who writes
As the debate moves forward in the coming months, everyone will have a stake in the outcome. Abortion, church-state separation, civil liberties, affirmative action, gay rights, the environment, federal regulation of businesses, criminal justice, labor rights, election law … you name it, O’Connor has helped decide it. Take a moment to read People for the American Way’s list of 5-4 rulings in which O’Connor made the difference. It’s stunning.