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Ginsburg: Abortion Right Likely to Survive

Posted Oct 22, 2007 7:51 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says she doesn’t think the Supreme Court decision finding a constitutional right to abortion will be overturned.

Ginsburg said Sunday in a speech at an Atlanta synagogue that if she is wrong in that assessment, several states will still permit the procedure, the Associated Press reports. But some women will not be able to afford to travel to those states to obtain abortions, she said.

"I do not believe the court's overruling Roe v. Wade--which I don't think will happen--will prevent women of means from accessing an abortion," Ginsburg said. "It will have a devastating impact on poor women."

Ginsburg said her dissents were intended to sway federal justices while others were "an appeal to the intelligence of another day."

Ginsburg noted the hubbub when she issued two oral dissents from the bench last term. Observers remarked that the justice may have finally found her voice.

"That appraisal surprised my husband," she joked.

Ginsburg also talked about Harvard law school’s reluctance to admit her and eight other women in 1956, and a Dear Abby letter questioning restricted hours in a women’s restroom at the Supreme Court, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

A hat tip to How Appealing, which posted the stories.

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