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Flashback: The One-Year Anniversary of the Supreme Court Decision Overturning Roe v. Wade

Flashback: The One-Year Anniversary of the Supreme Court Decision Overturning Roe v. Wade

“We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled. The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision…” – Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the Majority Opinion.

My writing day got off to a late start on the morning of June 24, 2022. I hadn’t even been online for ten minutes before the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade was officially handed down, roughly six weeks after the draft opinion was leaked in an egregious and unprecedented act that was apparently designed to intimidate at least one of the court’s conservative Justices to the point they’d change their mind.

“We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled,” Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the Majority Opinion. “The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision, including the one on which the defenders of Roe and Casey now chiefly rely—the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.”

My first action after the news broke was to get up from my desk and calmly go sit on the couch. My blood was fizzing, and I was in shock, trying to process the ruling in my mind, and not quite believing it just yet. Even with the draft opinion already leaked in the weeks prior, I still never thought that I’d actually see in my lifetime any composition of the Supreme Court overrule a decades-old landmark decision that never should have happened.

Finally. Roe v. Wade was gone. From that moment on pro-lifers breathed a sigh of relief. Unborn babies were now a little bit safer because our nation’s highest court had, at long last, made the right call.

Along with the court’s ruling came a renewed sense of purpose for pro-lifers, with one of them being to continue educating people on the issue in hopes of changing minds at the state level since that’s where the abortion question was returned by SCOTUS.

Here we are now at the one-year anniversary mark for the Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization ruling, and it will surprise absolutely no one reading this that the mainstream media is in the midst of spinning a narrative that the Republican party could pay the price for the Supreme Court’s decision in 2024:

From the NY Times piece:

For decades, Americans had settled around an uneasy truce on abortion. Even if most people weren’t happy with the status quo, public opinion about the legality and morality of abortion remained relatively static. But the Supreme Court’s decision last summer overturning Roe v. Wade set off a seismic change, in one swoop striking down a federal right to abortion that had existed for 50 years, long enough that women of reproductive age had never lived in a world without it. As the decision triggered state bans and animated voters in the midterms, it shook complacency and forced many people to reconsider their positions.

In the year since, polling shows that what had been considered stable ground has begun to shift: For the first time, a majority of Americans say abortion is “morally acceptable.” A majority now believes abortion laws are too strict. They are significantly more likely to identify, in the language of polls, as “pro-choice” over “pro-life,” for the first time in two decades.

And more voters than ever say they will vote only for a candidate who shares their views on abortion, with a twist: While Republicans and those identifying as “pro-life” have historically been most likely to see abortion as a litmus test, now they are less motivated by it, while Democrats and those identifying as “pro-choice” are far more so.

And from NBC News:

On the anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling that overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, 6 in 10 voters remain opposed to the court’s removing federal protection of the right to abortion, according to results from a new national NBC News poll.

Nearly 80% of female voters ages 18-49, two-thirds of suburban women, 60% of independents and even a third of Republican voters say they disapprove.

They also noted that their numbers are largely unchanged from polls they’d taken last summer and early fall on the court’s decision.

On the flip side of the equation, however, Life News reports that over two dozen recent polls, 13 of which (including the Gallup one heavily referenced by the Times) were taken since the Dobbs decision, confirm that Americans are more pro-life than the left-wing media wants you to know:

That said, the work of millions of pro-life Americans is not done. The radical left will never give up on this issue, as we’ve seen with their relentless assaults on the integrity of the Supreme Court’s conservative Justices, nor should the pro-life movement.

— Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym “Sister Toldjah” and can be reached via Twitter. —


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It was the court’s electoral gift to the Democrats, who will trade on Republicans trying to outlaw abortion until the Republicans get over it, which will take many years. It’s not called the stupid party for nothing.

    txvet2 in reply to rhhardin. | June 24, 2023 at 7:21 pm

    Sometimes you have to have the courage to do what’s right, even if you know you’ll end up paying a price. There is no crime on the face of the Earth worse than murdering a baby. If the majority of the country feels differently, then we don’t have a nation worth saving anyway.

      rhhardin in reply to txvet2. | June 24, 2023 at 8:35 pm

      Consider an egg that’s just fertilized. It’s human (i.e. not wolf) but not a human. If you want to use the murder a baby argument, you somehow have to change that perception, which perception strikes me as common sense. How do you do that?

    Go to hell.

The issue is complicated by the polling. What does that 80% support actually tell us about women age 18-49 and 2/3 of suburban women? One might draw the inference that these women are ‘running the streets’ as the kids say or at least they can identify with that in their past. In other words these women want to continue living the 3rd wave feminist dream of screwing whomever, whenever but they don’t seem to want any potential consequences of sexual activity outside a committed relationship where children are a goal.

On the other hand abortion restrictions don’t directly impact most people. Boomers are the largest demographic cohort and they ain’t likely to become preggo anytime soon. Gen X (’65-79) has also largely aged out of childbearing years. Same for the oldest millennials; born in ’80 makes you 43 so not peak fertility.

Ultimately abortion as a political issue will fade b/c in the States where there are restrictions (1/2 +/-) the restrictions are closer to European policy than an outright ban. People in blue States aren’t impacted when a Red State has more restrictive abortion policies. They have finally figured that part out. If we can keep buffoons like Sen Lindsey Graham from offering up national legislation then Federalism will do its job without getting folks spun up over a watered down policy idea that is hated by all.

    rhhardin in reply to CommoChief. | June 24, 2023 at 8:39 pm

    The European approach is about right, the limit is set where a fetus can be made to appear cute by sonogram or whatever, which is the point of maximum support. Republicans tend to want shorter, at least the vocal ones.

Suburban Farm Guy | June 24, 2023 at 11:33 pm

I always said Roe v Wade was the greatest piece of legislation never passed.

Suburban Farm Guy | June 24, 2023 at 11:38 pm

God have mercy on their morally acceptably sacrificed souls. Oh the places they’ll never go!

Hey abortion enthusiasts of the NYTimes: define “morally acceptable” for us, would you?

Do remember to present your poll internals like a good bunch of chaps.