Court Legitimacy Blocks
Abortion 1NC 1/2
A. The court’s decision to uphold the voting rights act in a narrow ruling resulted in legitimacy
Los Angeles Times 6/23
(The LA times “Voting Rights Act is upheld ;The Supreme Court leaves safeguards intact while allowing some municipalities to seek
exemptions. June 23, 2009 Lexis)
historic Voting Rights Act
-- the 1965 law that ended a century of racial discrimination at the ballot box and gave blacks a
political voice across the South -- survived a strong challenge at the Supreme Court on Monday as justices pulled back from a
widely anticipated decision to strike down a key part of the law
as outdated and unfair to today's South.
Instead, the justices
agreed to narrow the law's impact
by allowing municipalities with a clean record to seek an exemption.
Though the court
sided with the Texas water district that brought the case, its 8-1 decision preserved the core of the Voting Rights Act, including
its special scrutiny for any changes in election rules by Southern states.
protected the Roberts court from
charges of conservative "judicial activism" in its refusal to tamper with an act of Congress,
a often sensitive procedure
fraught with political risk.
Monday's decision, considered among the most important of the term, came as a
surprise and a relief
to civil rights advocates
B. The intricacies of abortion means it will always be controversial
(Mark, Professor of Law and Government @ U Maryland, Rethinking Abortion: Equal Choice, the Constitution, and
Reproductive Politics, 38)
Nevertheless, the main rhetorical obstacles pro-choice, pro-life, and anti-
advocates face are substantive, not stylistic. No argument
at the present time, even one crafted by the most eloquent presidential speech writer or the most sophisticated political advertising
agency, is likely to persuade a substantial majority of citizens that basic principles of philosophical or constitutional justice provide
clear answers to questions about abortion rights and policies. The foundational values of pro-choice, pro-life, and anti-
enjoy broad popular support and all are deeply towed in the American political and constitutional tradition Americans cannot reach a
consensus on abortion policy because they cannot choose among those values when they conflict.'" The clash of absolutes—fetal life
versus procreative choice, written versus living constitutions, and democracy versus judicial review--is, in the view of many citizens,
philosophically, constitutionally, and democratically unresolvable.
C. Ruling against the public crushes legitimacy