Senator Arlen Specter (R - PA) is expected to chair the Senate Judiciary Committee when the dust from the election settles, and he is loudly declaring his intent to protect Roe v. Wade...

The Republican expected to chair the Senate Judiciary Committee next year bluntly warned newly re-elected President Bush on Wednesday against putting forth Supreme Court nominees who would seek to overturn abortion rights or are otherwise too conservative to win confirmation.

"When you talk about judges who would change the right of a woman to choose, overturn Roe v. Wade, I think that is unlikely," Specter said, referring to the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.
My own opinion on abortion is in a state of flux right now, but I can't help but look at this positively. Having a senior Republican Senator standing up and loudly telling the GOP to keep its hands off Roe v. Wade may act as a salve to the shattered nerves of Democrats who think that the end times are upon us.