Abortion rights opponents say it would be a waste of time and effort to pass a constitutional amendment affirming the right to an abortion in Maryland. In a practical sense, they have a point. But the symbolic value of such a step would be high.
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's view is the president cannot be subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury. That is in stark contrast to the ruling in 1974 that Richard Nixon had to comply with the subpoena. That he was not, by virtue of his office, above the law.
You don’t need to overturn Roe to get rid of the right to abortion. Given the “undue burden” standard, all you need is a certain type of regulation and a certain type of new justice on the court, and the right can just be regulated away.
Watching Monday night, it was easy to fall into that semi-mindless place we often go to when we watch TV at the end of a long day and are just looking for something pleasant, non-threatening or escapist. And that is the very danger.