GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — One local constitutional law attorney in Georgia believes this may be the beginning when it comes to lawsuits and court decisions regarding abortion.
Channel 2′s Gwinnet County Bureau Chief Tony Thomas, went to Gwinnett County and spoke with the attorney who says he doesn’t see things changing for the next couple of decades at least.
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Constitutional lawyer Jason Godwin says because many of the Supreme Court justices are relatively young for those positions historically and appointed for life, the conservative tilt of the court won’t be changing anytime soon.
Thomas had one basic question for the lawyer: Why now?
“I’ll leave my personal opinion out of it either way, but the 10th amendment does say whatever is not enumerated in the constitution is left to the states,” Godwin said.
The Gwinnett -based lawyer said among those Supreme Court decisions studied in law schools and elementary schools alike, this decision will be right among them.
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“There are watershed cases throughout, and I believe this is one of those watershed cases.”
How did we get here? Godwin said it began 50 years ago, when the Roe v. Wade decision was made. After years of conservatives trying to get the right mix on the court, 2022 arrived.
“The part I struggle with is with the court and the law. This has been the law for 50 years. There is precedent on this being upheld throughout that 50 years. To now come in and cut that precedent off is odd,” Godwin said.
He says it’s now the wild, wild west for states, including the states that have pushed for this for years. Rounds of protests, elections and legal battles both in Washington and elsewhere.
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“I foresee this court saying extremely conservative for the next 15-20 years. I think Obama said elections have consequences. Well, here you go.”
Thomas asked Godwin what maybe considered an obvious question: Will this wind up before the Supreme Court again?
Godwin says this is just the tip of the iceberg of future legal actions.
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