The people will decide, not the court.
Democrats used to say “Abortion should be safe, legal and rare.”
The irrepressible Bill Buckley rejoinded; “Why rare?” But then, Buckley always went out of his way to provoke liberals.
“Rare … because it acknowledges the unease many even pro-choice Americans have about abortion,” says the Werkes favorite blogging former mayor.
Place your bets on which political party benefits from the impending overturn of Roe v Wade. We suspect Republicans in some states felt emboldened to enact absolute bans since 1973, figuring the decision shielded them from actual enforcement. Then again, why didn’t Wisconsin and federal Democrats protect abortion in statute when they had their majorities?
The case citation itself, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization betrays the reliance on euphemisms to stand in for the A-word. “Pro-choice” advocates circumspectly substitute anodyne terms like “women’s health” and “reproductive rights.”
On MSNBC last night 05-04-22 (yes, we watch MSNBC on occasion. Can we please move on!), Chris Hayes tried to exorcise the curse. He must have uttered the word “abortion” 40 times. When you live that far inside the bubble, the word “abortion” does become a sacramental incantation. We do note that Mandela Barnes, Alex Lasry, Tom Nelson, and Sarah Godlewski have no such reticence. Then again, they’re trolling for votes in the Democrat(ic) primary. I.E., appealing to the base.
But most Americans aren’t there, cautions Ruy Teixiera in The Liberal Patriot. “Democrats need to avoid overplaying their hand on this one.”
Voter views on abortion, as noted above, are quite complicated. Voters generally support some restrictions on abortion access and are decidedly unenthusiastic about abortions after the first trimester. Democrats should be cognizant of this and stick to a simple message of preserving basic abortion access and opposing blanket, no-exception bans.
Even Roe allows the states to enact restrictions, such as “informed consent” involving sonograms — even outright bans after 20 weeks. Abortion is also less acceptable. Nationally, abortions are down 20% from 2009.
Witness the discomfort of the Democrats’ nominee for U.S. Senate in Ohio. Rep. Tim Ryan is ostensibly a moderate. Bret Baier on Fox News put it to him: Any exceptions to his pro-abortion position? Third trimester ban? “Look, you got to leave it to the woman,” Ryan answers.
That’s why “Joe Biden hates saying the A-word,” Jonah Goldberg speculates. In its place, the President warns that the leaked Alito decision portends no more gay marriage, inter-racial marriage, etc. — probably imposition of the burqa. Goldberg:
Even NARAL — which once stood for National Abortion Rights Action League … abandoned the acronym and changed its name to “NARAL Pro-Choice America.”
The reason for this is pretty obvious. Most people don’t like abortion. David French points to a fascinating Notre Dame study that confirms this, again, pretty obvious point. “None of the Americans we interviewed talked about abortion as a desirable good.” … No compassionate person would dismiss a miscarriage by saying, “Well, it was just a bunch of cells.”
In any case, Democrats already have the abortion vote locked up. And plenty of states will continue to legalize the peculiar institution, as slavery was once called.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Chuck Schumer now calls the Supreme Court “unaccountable.” (But not when Roe was decided?) The court’s impending decision merely sends this contentious issue to the legislative branch, which IS accountable.