Uncertain future

What would happen in a Roe v. Wade reversal is far from certain, Balch added. "Theres a lot of scholarly writing in the event of what would happen," she said, like how to enforce a law outlawing abortion that is still on the books but that has been dormant for close to four decades. "Even if there are cases that are wending their way to the court, there will not be a successful challenge to Roe until we can count to five," Balch said, referring to the number of Supreme Court votes needed to overturn Roe v. Wade.
   

While many imagine a gulf between those who want to overturn current abortion law and those who want to overturn current death penalty law, there is much common ground between the two groups, according to Celeste Fitzgerald, who headed up the eight-year campaign to abolish capital punishment in New Jersey. "New Jerseys effort," Fitzgerald said, "was led by a pro-life Catholic."

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