Supreme Court Will Discuss Case to Overturn Roe v. Wade Abortion Ruling

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 17, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Supreme Court Will Discuss Case to Overturn Roe v. Wade Abortion Ruling Email this article
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by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 17, 2005

Washington, DC ( — Members of the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday will hold a private discussion on whether to take the case of Norma McCorvey, the former Roe of Roe v. Wade, who wants the nation’s top court to overturn the decision that legalized abortion.

The Justice Foundation, a pro-life law firm, has been handling the case for McCorvey.

She wants the court to overturn the Roe case because she says new information has been brought to light that shows abortion hurts women. McCorvey’s petition includes affidavits from hundreds of women who say that their abortion hurt them and they regret their decisions.

Last year, a three judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected McCorvey’s so-called Rule 60 motion that allows original plaintiffs in a case to ask a court to overturn a previous decision if significant facts in the case have changed.

"Over one thousand affidavits from post-abortive women telling the truth about what abortion does to women and the child are now filed with the Court," the pro-life law firm indicated. The group hopes they will "convince them that abortion is murder, that it is destroying women, and Roe should be overturned."

The Justice Foundation indicated that the members of the court will discuss hearing the case on Friday and will release their decision on Monday.

The legal group described the process the Supreme Court judges go through in deciding to take a case.

"They are free to discuss it with other members of the Court," the Justice Foundation explained. "It is permissible for a justice to attempt to influence the other justices. This is supposed to be a group decision."

During the process, judges may go back on forth on whether to accept a lawsuit.

"An individual judge may decide one way one day and then change his mind if someone persuades him/her otherwise, or if they see something in the media, or perhaps a dream that changes their minds," the pro-life firm wrote.

The Justice Foundation is also working to help Sandra Cano overturn the Doe v. Bolton decision. That companion decision to Roe allowed abortions in any situation deemed necessary to protect a woman’s health, which has been defined as including all abortions.

Cano’s case is still at the trial court level.

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