Conservatives, liberals both agree: Nominee a pivotal vote on abortion

If the Supreme Court decides to take a case on a total abortion ban, that would give it the opportunity to overturn Roe v. Wade, said Heather Shumaker, senior counsel at the National Women’s Law Center. “It’s a very real possibility that we could see a ban brought to the Supreme Court. That could be a direct challenge to whether Roe is still the law of the land,” she said. Another approach anti-abortion groups have taken in recent years is to push for laws restricting abortion at the state level, potentially giving the Supreme Court the opportunity to decide on its legality. “We could see access to abortion being diminished so dramatically that Roe has very little meaning anymore and the difficulty of accessing abortion is so extreme that it’s only a right on paper,” she said.