- This rarely happens, but the Supreme Court has overturned major precedents in the past.
- The court’s conservative justices have increasingly argued for the overturning of earlier rulings.
- In his disclosed opinion, Justice Alito argues that Roe v. Wade was “extremely wrong from the start”.
WASHINGTON — When the Supreme Court rules, it’s the law of the land — until it’s not.
The revelation this week that the nation’s highest court is considering an opinion that would overturn its landmark 1973 abortion case, Roe v. Wade, pointed out that what millions of Americans learned in school about the Supreme Court honoring precedent set in past cases is not a hard and fast rule.