Yep, That Oughta Do It

The South Dakota state legislature has passed an entirely irrelevant resolution calling on the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v Wade. They plan on mailing it to them, but now they’ve got this wonderful idea of maybe hand-delivering it to the court in person.

The Legislature’s resolution asking for the Roe v. Wade abortion decision to be reconsidered and overturned might be carried by hand to the U.S. Supreme Court, the lawmaker behind it said Tuesday.

Rep. Roger Hunt, R-Brandon, said a copy of the resolution would be sent to the clerk of the U.S. Supreme Court on the assumption that copies would be made and distributed to the nine justices.

But Hunt said a copy of the resolution could be hand-delivered by advocates in a presentation at the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.

“They may be some pro-life people from the D.C. area. It takes a little money to travel,” he said. “We’re thinking about it. I don’t know how it will work out.”

Well I’m sure that will make it 100% more effective, especially since it will be 0% effective as it is. Seriously, do they not think that every single justice on the court has their mind firmly made up on the subject? Do they really think that they’re going to magically change their minds on this? The court is insulated from the influence of public and legislative opinion for a reason.

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  • barry21

    What difference do they expect hand-delivery will make? The likelihood of anyone putting an envelope directly into the hand of a justice is nil.

  • John Pieret

    The Republican Congresswomen who sank the most recent attempt to limit abortions will have more political effect on the court than any resolution by a state legislature, hand delivered or not.

  • Al Dente

    The Supreme Court tries to avoid making purely political decisions (yes, I’m aware of Bush v Gore). Overturning Roe v Wade just because the South Dakota legislature said “pretty please” isn’t going to happen.

  • zenlike

    The republicans are not waging a war on women. We repeat: The republicans are not waging a war on women. We repeat: The republicans are not waging a war on women. We repeat: …

  • anubisprime

    barry21 @ 1

    What difference do they expect hand-delivery will make?

    None and they know it…it is just grand stand posturing in front of the lame brains that voted them in to office.

    After they are rebuffed by absolute indifference verging on total ignore, they will mutter about activist judges, liberal conspiracies, and that insidious teh ghey agenda then shrug shoulders force back a tear and a hiccup and declare well at least they tried to do jeebus work. but Obama stopped them cos ‘merca tis going ta hell in a handbasket…anyway it might secure their job in the next journey to the hustings,,,they need any advantage they can dream up!

    A bit of theater is par for the course…especially when they have fuck all else.

  • Sastra

    The first thought which came to mind here was that someone wants to do a painting. Preferably in the style of a Victorian historical tableau, with the overall composition and pose of each character imbued with significance so that it tells the story. A photograph simply won’t be enough.

  • Larry

    It would be far more effective if they formed a team of runners to carry the resolution in a relay from SD to Washington, like the Olympic torch is done. Having them dress as like a pheasant, the state bird, while running would add a little more spice to the effort. That would surely gain the respect and admiration of the SC.

  • Modusoperandi

    If it’s a legitimate resolution, the Judicial body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.

  • caseloweraz

    Larry: It would be far more effective if they formed a team of runners to carry the resolution in a relay from SD to Washington…

    I like that idea, especially at this time of year. Presumably they don’t, which is why they’re considering having someone in DC make a copy to hand-carry.

  • dingojack

    Hope that hand-delivered copy isn’t gold-fringed…



  • Dr X

    They should submit limited-run, leather-bound editions with goldleaf embossing for the title. It would make a beautiful addition to any home library, displayed prominently in an honored place beside the Franklin Commemorative Plates.

  • d.c.wilson

    Glad to see the taxpayers are getting a legislature willing to tackle the real problems facing the state.

  • dingojack

    Dr X —

    I’m a moron ‘n’ this is my wife

    She’s frosting a cake

    With a paper knife

    All what we got here’s

    American made

    It’s a little bit cheesy,

    But it’s nicely displayed”

    d.c.wilson — a laser-like focus on the economy! @@


  • StevoR

    @4. zenlike says :

    The republicans are not waging a war on women. We repeat: The republicans are not waging a war on women. We repeat: The republicans are not waging a war on women. We repeat: …

    Yes indeed. The Repubs keep repeating that just like a shit and vomit sandwhich and like that was always but gets ever harder to swallow and stomach each time!

    Repeal Roe vs Wade? Really? For fucks sake, they might as well try to repeal the repeal of prohibition and bring back slavery. Get into the 21st Century and Reality already fools!

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  • anubisprime

    IANAL but the whole thing does rather stink of pose rather then likelihood of any ‘correction’ these bozo’s want…cos was it not a judgement that has since formed the basis of a whole slew of subsequent cases by dint of its precedence?

  • abb3w

    Hand delivery wouldn’t matter.

    Delivering the request in a form of a petition (from the State’s AG) for certiorari would; and, as South Dakota is a state, in controversy with the United States would seem at least likely to matter enough that they might get a response. Probably a one line denial on stare decisis grounds, but a response. Hand delivery of random griping is likely to be ignored outright.