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No One Versus Wade

January 18, 2005

The famous “Roe” of the Supreme Court landmark decision, wants her case vacated. In legal terms, this means she wants to have the case itself, and the implications of its conclusions disregarded from now on. You can read her reasoning in this Fox News Report.

Even if the Supreme Court does so, it can still allow someone else to file a lawsuit on the same merits as the original case. It can also allow the laws which came out of that lawsuit, and which are based upon its arguments, to stand, which effectively means that nothing will really change for the time being.

What is fascinating is that this woman was used as a pawn in a legal machine and knows now that she is made the fool. It reminds me of many cases where the people involved in the lawsuit are made to feel less important than the publicity that surrounds it. Think of the little girl in Sacramento whose father wanted to use her as the basis to have the words “one nation under God” stricken from the Pledge of Allegiance.

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