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Why Are The Angriest Abortion-Ruling Protesters In Deep-Blue States Where There Will Be No Impact?

Why Are The Angriest Abortion-Ruling Protesters In Deep-Blue States Where There Will Be No Impact?

It’s mental, and Orange Man did it to them.

A commenter on my blog wrote:

Why pro-abortion radicals are rioting in left-wing jurisdictions is hard to understand. California and New York have virtually no restrictions on abortion up to the point of delivery…

I’ll try to answer the implicit question there: why would pro-abortion radicals be so deeply angry, especially in left-wing jurisdictions where abortion is not going to be outlawed and probably is going to become even more unlimited?

A lot of reasons:

(1) They’re being encouraged to do so.

(2) They’ve been lied to and led to believe that this ruling does constitute some sort of abortion ban, and since a lot of people neither understand law nor follow its ins and outs, that lie gains some traction.

(3) Even if they do understand that their own states will not be restricting abortion, they are used to it being available to all women. Some are old enough to remember the horrors of illegal abortions (some even had them), and many of the younger ones have been told stories about the olden days.

(4) Many women on the left have bought the “Handmaid’s Tale” sort of scenario which goes like this: misogynist fundamentalist Christian men are trying to control the reproductive organs of women and will stop at nothing till they get total control. This fear has been drummed up incessantly for many years.

(5) Many also believe that the Catholics on the Supreme Court are intent on imposing Catholicism on everyone and the ruling in Dobbs originates in their Catholicism. Belief in #5 relies on their not understanding that the ruling actually takes the Court out of the business of ruling on abortion at the federal level, but there are plenty of people who not only don’t understand that but who are not interested in even listening to that sort of assertion, much less crediting it.

(6) A leftist doesn’t want states to be able to make their own decisions – as opposed to the federal government dictating what states can do – unless the issue involves something the federal government is trying to do that the left is against and the right is for. Then states’ rights become good and the left will support them. When Trump tried to enforce immigration laws, for example, the left was in favor of states’ defiance against the feds. But when SCOTUS allows abortion to revert to the states to make their own varied rules as the states see fit, that is an abomination because abortion is a right – after all, Roe said so, and that’s been the law of the land for well-nigh fifty years. The fact that the Court has longer and consistently held that immigration is a federal power and never said that regulating abortion was a federal power until Roe, thus generating a large distinction between the two issues, is irrelevant to the left.

(7) They’re not used to ceding ground. Usually there’s no reversal after they’ve won a battle. There might be a pause, but it should only be temporary.

(8) They’re being told this is just the beginning of what the right is planning. Next there will be a federal abortion ban. Then the Court will reverse previous decisions on gay marriage, contraception, and even interracial marriage, and some states will ban those things and perhaps the Republicans will ban them nationwide through federal legislation if they ever get control of Congress. The fact that Dobbs explicitly stated that reversal of those cases won’t be happening, because different principles apply, is ignored. The left is also using Clarence Thomas’ concurrence – the one about the overuse of the due process clause, a position which none of the others joined – to mount its argument that these bans are on the right’s agenda. But even if Thomas hadn’t written that, the left would have said the right is planning to attack these things next anyway.

(9) The left believes it’s all Trump’s fault, and he is evil.

[Neo is a writer with degrees in law and family therapy, who blogs at the new neo.]


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madisonian_123 | June 29, 2022 at 9:12 pm

Simplest explanation is that liberals will never be happy until you’re as miserable as they are.

    Peabody in reply to madisonian_123. | June 29, 2022 at 9:16 pm

    Well, in that case they will never be happy.

    It’s call narcissism and neurosis. They are empty people with no other core beliefs.

    If one looks very closely you may notice that many are in fact very pleased. They’re invigorated because they get to take part in an existential battle! Now they get to be the ones the world has been waiting for! This is how they’ve always envisioned themselves; Not as rich, spoiled brats but great historical figures!

      Fat_Freddys_Cat in reply to JohnC. | June 30, 2022 at 9:48 am

      Well said. And they won’t want the conflict to end, either. They couldn’t stand to go from Great Historical Figure to Just Another Office Drone.

      MajorWood in reply to JohnC. | June 30, 2022 at 10:35 am

      In Portland there is a core of about 50 vietnam era protestors who are at every single rally. They are like junkies whose life peaked in Chicago or DC in the late 60’s, and they are still chasing that high. They are the spiritual Marxist leaders who never got around to growing up, forever on the search for something that another built so that they can make their mark by tearing it down. I guess that is easier than actually addressing their internal dysfunction and/or depression, always thinking “I’d be OK if just …”

      Antifa are their violent inner child. I live near a prominent catholic church and it has been under constant guard for the last week because they and others have been targeted by antifa because antifa needs something, anything, to break in order to escape their own miserable lives. To their credit, they do end up discrediting every movement that they glom onto. But even the hard core leftists who are at the head of a particular cause are too scared of them to say anything, lest the beast turn on them.

      CommoChief in reply to JohnC. | June 30, 2022 at 1:19 pm

      Very good observation. These folks are finally being handed the opportunity to protest about a big issue. The civil rights era achieved its goals. The anti war in Vietnam movement achieved its goals. Further back the suffrage movement secured the 19th amendment. Labor movement original goals of workplace safety, child labor, wage and hour laws were achieved.

      These folks desperately wanted to ‘make a difference’ but the big things were already accomplished. Until now they seized on much smaller and more narrow issues. They believe Dobbs give them the big important issue they were previously denied.

        Peabody in reply to CommoChief. | June 30, 2022 at 4:13 pm

        Don’t forget the prohibiton party, a woman’s movement—whose ideology, in time, broadened to include progressivism.

    ConradCA in reply to madisonian_123. | June 30, 2022 at 11:39 am

    The most important fact is that the left is looking at loosing the next election and this offers hope to avoid that. Remember, everything is about power for the progressive fascists.

1. That is where the cult of leftism is strongest.
2. These protests have just about run out of steam already. The MSM is trying its best to keep the fire going but is failing.

Colonel Travis | June 29, 2022 at 9:15 pm

That’s a very good list.
I’m lazy and would say that they’re simply morons!

Those on the left think they’re so crafty and wise. Having been on the left myself (previous century when I was stupid), I get a chuckle out of this. You are a dupe or a liar or both. Honesty is not a virtue. This is why I left the left.

Let them protest. It makes them feel important, which is all that matters to people who have no depth.

I would add that most are not well-educated and used to responding emotionally, not analytically. For example, a Federal law, which probably almost all of them want now, would, if one even could be passed, almost certainly be less liberal than abortion on demand, up to and after birth. As it is today, some states like CA can have that.

Why do they stay in their blue shitholes? Easy. If they came where decent people live and try that shit, we’d pavement slam the communists and throw them in jail. Then, the unthinkable would happen. They would actually get charged and prosecuted for their crimes because we don’t have communist idiots for making the prosecutorial decisions. The could actually end up doing time if they came and tried their garbage where decent people live.

    henrybowman in reply to Ironclaw. | June 30, 2022 at 6:38 pm

    Worry not.
    Jane Fonda tweeted that women should “redefine their vaginas as AK-47s.”
    Had she the brainpower of a fifth-grader, she would realize this would make her an instant felon in California

The pro-abortion protesters are angriest in blue states because that’s where the greatest number of the perpetually outraged live.

Here’s my list:

Marxists who want everything overthrown.

Cowards who know there will be no pushback, cultural or legal.

Idiot Children Throwing Tantrums.

Useful Idiots.

Drama Queens.

People Desperate for Attention.

Because leftists don’t protest to make actual change, they protest for the sake of protest. It’s not a means to an end, it’s the end itself. Any cause will do, but abortion is one of their sacred cows. Truly they enjoy feeling ‘righteous’ anger, of being part of the crowd… of being part of the mob.

Just watch their protests. You’ll see.

“They’re not used to ceding ground. Usually there’s no reversal after they’ve won a battle. There might be a pause, but it should only be temporary.”

And that’s why I say we should NOT ever compromise with progressives.

healthguyfsu | June 29, 2022 at 10:37 pm

SHHHHH…we want them to stay there. We need to pull reverse psychology.



Some are old enough to remember the horrors of illegal abortions (some even had them),

What horrors? Yes, I know they talk about them, and they talked a great deal about them in the run-up to Roe, but as I understand it they were almost entirely made-up. So the younger protesters may have heard the stories, but those who actually had illegal abortions wouldn’t have experienced any horrors.

    lichau in reply to Milhouse. | June 29, 2022 at 11:21 pm

    Read a stat somewhere that claimed that the current deaths under legal abortion are similar to what occurred when it was illegal.

    Lots of fake news caveats–how did they keep track of the illegal abortion related deaths? How accurate are the current stats–how many of them are chalked up to COVID (sarc). Also, I expect the RATE could have been a lot higher, even if the absolute numbers are similar.

    The fact that the horrors of illegal abortions are simply asserted with no back up–that I have ever seen–makes me give the assertion some credibility.

“At the core of liberalism is the spoiled child. Miserable, as all spoiled children are, unsatisfied, demanding, ill disciplined, despotic and useless.

Liberalism is a philosophy of sniveling brats.”

– PJ O’Rourke

chrisboltssr | June 30, 2022 at 12:14 am

Because they know we’re coming for them. Abortion must be banned throughout the entire nation and we shouldn’t rest until that has happened.

Because people living in states that ban/limit abortion keep demanding such laws. People protesting in abortion states just don’t understand what “for the people, by the people” means. Violence and tantrums is not how civilization works.

Reason #10: The vile and histrionic Dumb-o-crats are narcissistic, obnoxious and unabashed totalitarians, who are accustomed to being able to impose their fanatical zealotry upon the entire country, without countenancing any scintilla of dissenting viewpoints.

Fat_Freddys_Cat | June 30, 2022 at 7:38 am

Another factor is that violent left-wing rioters tend to get off lightly or scot-free in Blue jurisdictions, while they may not get so much coddling in Red jurisdictions.

Here is another take on this:

The left will not tolerate individual states controlling anything. They are Marxists demanding centralized federal government controlling everything.


You say you want a revolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world.
You tell me that it’s evolution,
Well, you know
We all want to change the world.
But when you talk about destruction,
Don’t you know that you can count me out.
Don’t you know it’s going to be alright,
Alright, alright.

You say you got a real solution
Well, you know
We’d all love to see the plan.
You ask me for a contribution,
Well, you know
We’re doing what we can.
Ut if you want money for people with minds that hate,
All I can tell you is brother you have to wait.
Don’t you know it’s going to be alright,
Alright, alright.

You say you’ll change a constitution
Well, you know
We all want to change your head.
You tell me it’s the institution,
Well, you know
You better free your mind instead.
But if you go carrying pictures of chairman Mao,
You ain’t gonna make it with anyone anyhow.
Don’t you know it’s going to be alright,
Alright, alright

—-John Lennon, Paul McCartney

It always seemed to me too few people ever listened to the lyrics.

The Gentle Grizzly | June 30, 2022 at 9:43 am

Attention seekers and little more.

If there were demos and protests in Oklahoma or Louisiana, they’d be showing some guts.

But, like BLM/Antifa rioted and looted and attacked Conley where they knew they’d get away with it.

harleycowboy | June 30, 2022 at 10:06 am

Those states are the only ones that will put up with the B.S.

Because if they acted like children like they do in NY, LA, SF, we will put them in jail.

I’m mystified by the level of anger on the part of so many leftists–the Dobbs ruling will literally affect very few of them; and yet they seem so over the top hysterical, that you wonder what they’ll do if an opinion comes out that will actually affect them personally

Right now they are in their petulant anger phase, but eventually they will start thinking. If abortion can be banned it can also be required. I expect a leftist state to enact a law mandating abortion for women who had too many children, are too religious, or failed to get a state license before becoming pregnant – because you know, global warming or something.

number crunch | July 3, 2022 at 1:55 pm

All these comments are true and are dancing around a central theme. This is a religion of self; what benefits me, my feelings and those whom I empathize. Those who disagree are harmful and need to be suppressed or controlled by any means necessary. They live in perpetual fear of being harmed and cannot tolerate opposing viewpoints.

These people are not stupid and often well educated but they highly emotional and that makes them irrational. When coupled with the fact that their empathy is stunted and lacking self-awareness, they border on delusional or anti-social. Unfortunately, the colleges and universities are not only accepting this behavior as normal but giving positive reenforcement thus making them worse.

From high school on up, John Stuart Mill needs to be required reading.

There is one overarching reason: Leftists do not believe in the united states concept of America. The idea of federalism is anathema to Leftists. There should be no 50 semi-autonomous state union, just one large all powerful government in a future renamed Washington, D.C. One law for all. And, it’s easier to get one law than 50 separate laws.