Maddow: New Abortion Restrictions Unchallenged Because Roe's On the Line

In a riveting segment and interview with the president of the National Organization for Women, Terry O' Neill, Rachel Maddow really nailed the fact that the fundamental foundation of abortion rights are on the line in a more serious way than ever before. As AlterNet has extensively documented, more and more states are passing "fetal pain" bills banning later-term abortions as well as other abortion restrictions. Many of these restrictions, if Roev. Wade is indeed the law of the land, may in fact be unconstitutional. But with a Supreme Court potentially stacked against it, many women's organizations are afraid to challenge these laws because such a challenge could result in Roebeing overturned. This means they'll  stay in place and endanger women's lives. 

Since Samuel Alito was confirmed, says Maddow, abortion rights as envisioned in the Roedecision, in much of the country are on the way to being "over." 

Watch the segment below.

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AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at April 15, 2011, 4:59am