It’s a longshot, but court watchers are closely eyeing the chief justice for middle ground on Roe.
By JOSH GERSTEIN
When the two sides in the abortion debate squared off at the Supreme Court last fall, they agreed on one thing: There was no middle ground.
Now, any hope abortion rights supporters have of avoiding a historic loss before the court lies with Chief Justice John Roberts crafting an unlikely compromise. In the wake of POLITICO’s report last month on a draft majority opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade, Roberts would have to convince at least one of his five Republican-appointed colleagues to sign on to a compromise ruling that would preserve a federal constitutional right to abortion in some form while giving states even more power to restrict that right.