Abortion, gun rights, ObamaCare at stake with Supreme Court pick

Abortion, gun rights, ObamaCare at stake with Supreme Court pick

President Trump is poised to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg , a reliably liberal vote on the Supreme Court, with her ideological opposite: a justice who’s nearly certain to cast conservative votes on disputes over abortion protections, gun rights and ObamaCare. Ginsburg’s death from cancer on Friday has given Republicans a chance to cement a solid 6-3 conservative majority on the court, which could have both immediate and long-lasting implications for millions of people across the country. Even relatively stable areas of law — affecting everything from race relations and voting rights to the federal government’s power to issue environmental regulations — could be jarred loose, giving conservative activists an opportunity to roll back liberal gains and further their own legal agenda. Here are some areas of law that could be upended by a rightward shift on the court. Abortion A 6-3 conservative majority court could be expected to rein in abortion rights. Even with Ginsburg’s vote, the protections that first emerged from the 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade were already on shaky ground. Earlier this year, in the first major abortion ruling of the Trump era, the court struck down a Louisiana law that imposed strict limits on the procedure. But the ruling underscored the razor-thin voting margin on which a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy rested, with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the court’s four liberals to form a bare 5-4 majority. An additional conservative on the court, however, could mean the decisive […]

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