Rust v. Sullivan: Court Upholds Regulations Stopping Counseling & Abortion Referral

Rust v. Sullivan: Court Upholds Regulations Stopping Counseling & Abortion Referral

John Roberts, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
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Decided: Rust v. Sullivan — In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court upholds the Bush Administration's regulations prohibiting routine counseling and referral for abortion in 4,000 clinics that receive federal Title 10 family planning funds.

John Roberts, Principal Deputy Solicitor General of the United States and future Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, argues in his brief in defense of the regulations that Roe v. Wade should be overturned:

"We continue to believe that [Roe v. Wade] was wrongly decided and should be overruled. ...[T]he Court's conclusions in Roe that there is a fundamental right to an abortion and that government has no compelling interest in protecting prenatal human life throughout pregnancy find no support in the text, structure, or history of the Constitution."

While testifying at hearings for his nomination to the Supreme Court, John Roberts will insist that the views expressed here and in other briefs he wrote are simply the views of the administration of President George Bush and do not reflect his own personal beliefs.

In private meetings with conservative Republican senators, John Roberts says that Roe v. Wade is settled law and as such should be given some respect, but that the Supreme Court is not obligated to uphold it.

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