July 03, 2018

Robert Destro, professor, law, and director, IPR, was quoted in an Our Sunday Visitor story on how a new Supreme Court Justice could affect Church concerns.

... Pro-life leaders and independent legal analysts agree that replacing Kennedy, whose retirement becomes effective on July 31, with a more conservative justice could “move the ball down the field” toward overturning Roe v. Wade. But whether the court will actually strike down its landmark case is another matter.

“There is no guarantee they would agree to overturn a precedent like that,” said Robert Destro, a law professor and director of the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at The Catholic University of America.

Destro told OSV that he believes some pro-life activists “are getting way ahead of themselves” in their optimism about the demise of Roe v. Wade. He noted that even if the court overturns the ruling — a longshot in his opinion — abortion would still remain legal in many states.

“Have you done the due diligence? Have you built the political coalitions you’re going to need to basically create pro-life majorities in the states? Because overturning Roe v. Wade simply means that this goes back to the states,” Destro said. ...

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