Feminist groups and abortion advocates are becoming so afraid of the cultural momentum of the pro-life movement, which reaches up to our majority-Catholic US Supreme Court, that they are losing the will to challenge laws restricting abortion for fear that, when they are appealed up the judicial ladder, they will be used to overturn Roe v. Wade.
The observation comes at a time when 916 measures seeking to regulate abortion and related issues have been proposed in 49 states, many of them passing.
And those statistics are a couple months old. They don’t reflect the flurry of additional bills that have been proposed since then, including the total abortion ban in Louisiana I wrote about last week.
Legal Challenges Not Worth the Risk
In such a political and cultural climate, as Lithwick puts it:
The risk of challenging these clearly unconstitutional laws and then losing at the Supreme Court is evidently so high, according to Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women, that it’s not worth taking.
As she explained last week to Rachel Maddow, the fear that Justice Samuel Alito would vote to overturn Roe is so deep that reproductive rights groups may be opting to leave the state bans in place.
And, as she conceded in that interview, wherever unconstitutional state abortion bans go unchallenged, they become law.
Justice Samuel Alito
Pro-Choice Is on the Ropes
I’m thrilled that the pro-abortion forces have what appears to be an almost pathological fear of Justice Alito. They should be scared. He’s one of our nation’s sharpest legal minds.
I’m also heartened that they our legislative strategies are having such great effect. When your enemy is so afraid of losing ground that they won’t meet you on the battlefield, you’re in a pretty good position.
Sexual Maturity: the Abortion Industry’s Greatest Enemy
Abortion on demand is part of the fallout of the sexual immaturity that took the reigns in our culture in and around the sexual revolution. Trying to do away with the consequences of our sexual behavior by killing our progeny was a ham-fisted and childish attempt to get what we wanted.
It’s like a child trying to glue his mother’s prized statue back together after he knocks it off the mantle. It’s not going to work, it’s not going to fool anyone or make the problem go away and it’s only going to make things worse in the end.
But, fortunately, children grow up, and so do cultures. And the culture of abortion can only last as long as Americans stayed adolescent in their attitudes toward sex. But America is growing up, and the abortion industry is terrified.