The future of a woman's right to an abortion on demand could be cast in November during the presidential election.
The margin of support for Roe v. Wade is down to one U.S. Supreme Court justice with the retirement and replacement of Sandra Day O'Conner by Samuel Alito.
There may be future vacancies on the court, due to retirement or death, that could further tip the balance in favor of anti-abortionists. Justice John Paul Stevens, an abortion rights supporter, for example, is 88-years-old.
Abortion proponents fear that as many as three liberal leaning justices could leave office during the first term of the next president of the United States. Making this election, for those who are strong advocates on one side or the other of this issue, most important.
Joining me on News Talk Online on Paltalk Friday (tomorrow) to discuss the possibility that Roe could be overturned by the Supreme Court will be former U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Jones Elders.
Elders briefly served as the surgeon general of the United States under President Bill Clinton. She was confirmed in September 1993 and angered conservatives from the get-go, as she was vocal in her support of sex education, the distribution of condoms in schools, abortion rights, and the medical use of marijuana. It was her December 1994 statement that “masturbation is part of human sexuality and a part of something that perhaps should be taught” that prompted President Clinton to seek and receive her resignation.
Previously, when he was Arkansas governor, Clinton named Elders director of the state's department of health in. In addition to championing liberal health-related issues, she also sought to provide health care to poor areas and reduce the number of teen pregnancies. She vastly increased the number of children receiving immunizations.
Not all of Elders's efforts as surgeon general were controversial. She tried to expand the number of certified nurse practitioners and physician assistants to extend health care to poor communities and she also recommended a tax increase on tobacco products. She returned to her teaching position after she resigned as surgeon general.
To talk to Elders at 5 PM New York time Friday October 9 CLICK HERE. There is no charge.
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