Sprinkles from the Left

More than six in ten Americans (62%) think the Supreme Court should keep Roe v. Wade as it is, including 87% of Democrats, per a recent CBS News poll.

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“There are those who claim that Roe is divisive, that the ruling set the stage for years of bitter conflict by recognizing a constitutional right to abortion that cannot be unduly infringed by the states. But I believe that analysis is wrong. What’s truly divisive is abortion itself — an issue on which, for many Americans, there simply is no middle ground.

Some people believe that all abortion is murder and that every pregnancy should be brought to full term. I do not share this view. But for those who do, how could there ever be compromise?…

Like most Americans, I do not believe that all abortion is murder. It doesn’t matter whether I think a line should be drawn at viability or how I believe the health and well-being of the pregnant person should be factored in. What matters is that my view, whatever its nuances, can never be acceptable to those who take an absolutist position against abortion.

This is why I see Roe as unifying rather than divisive: It makes a yes-no decision. It sets a baseline that some of us cannot abide but that most of us applaud or can live with…

But if Roe is reversed — if the court rules, as its most conservative justices have argued, that no protected right to reproductive choice exists — then the political cold war over abortion will flare immediately into a roaring blaze.”

–Eugene Robinson, WaPo Opinion

“Here’s the best-kept secret about the so-called abortion “debate” in the United States: It’s actually not that much of a debate at all. A majority of Americans believe that the decision to end or continue a pregnancy should be left to a woman and her doctor, not the state… Fewer than a third of Americans want Roe to be overturned.

Those are the results of a new ABC News / Washington Post poll, and the findings are consistent with previous polling on the issue. Despite political treatment of abortion as a contentious partisan issue, the truth is that America is a pro-choice nation…

According to the last available numbers, almost two-thirds of American women of childbearing age were using some form of contraception, and 99% had used at least one contraceptive method in the past.

If the Supreme Court overturns Roe either formally or functionally — by allowing states vast leeway to curtail abortion rights — the Court and the Republican Party may see just how much of a minority abortion opponents actually are, how crucial abortion and contraception are for American women to be free and how angry women (and those who love them) will get when our rights to our own bodies are taken away by five or six conservative judges who are unaccountable to the voting public. The GOP face a guaranteed backlash if the anti-abortion movement gets what it wants, and the Court faces a potential loss of public confidence.”

–Jill Filipovic, CNN Opinion

Sprinkles from the Right

Nearly four in ten Americans (38%) think the Supreme Court should overturn Roe v. Wade, including 61% of Republicans, per a recent CBS News poll.

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“On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of the United States will take up a Mississippi abortion case. This could be the most critical decision on abortion in decades.

Lawyers for both sides are telling SCOTUS there is no middle ground. They can either affirm the constitutional right to an abortion or wipe out Roe v. Wade altogether. With the addition of three SCOTUS justices to the court by former President Donald Trump during his four-year term, conservative thinkers have a 6-3 majority on the court. Abortion advocates are worried.

Three observations:

First, the U.S. Constitution does not guarantee the right to an abortion…

Second, the Constitution does guarantee the right to life. It’s in the preamble. If the SCOTUS should rule unborn children are people under the Constitution’s 14th Amendment, then Roe is toast. The Constitution explicitly guarantees the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. A positive ruling would extend those rights to the unborn.

Third, an estimated 62 million children in the U.S. have been aborted since 1973. The economic impact of abortion during that period is in the billions – both in lost workers and productivity, and in taxes not paid to government…

SCOTUS has the opportunity this week to right a 48-year-old wrong. Christians should be in prayer as they will rule to uphold the Mississippi law. It could save millions of unborn children’s lives.”

–Steve Fair, District 4 Oklahoma Republican Party chair

“At the core of our legal system, you will find a promise that human beings should be protected from lethal violence… We dispute how the promise should be enforced, what penalties should be involved if it is broken and what crimes might deprive someone of the right to life. But the existence of the basic right, and a fundamental duty not to kill, is pretty close to bedrock.

There is no way to seriously deny that abortion is a form of killing… We now know the embryo is not merely a cell with potential, like a sperm or ovum, or a constituent part of human tissue, like a skin cell. Rather, a distinct human organism comes into existence at conception, and every stage of your biological life, from infancy and childhood to middle age and beyond, is part of a single continuous process that began when you were just a zygote.

We know from embryology, in other words, not Scripture or philosophy, that abortion kills a unique member of the species Homo sapiens, an act that in almost every other context is forbidden by the law.

This means that the affirmative case for abortion rights is inherently exceptionalist, demanding a suspension of a principle that prevails in practically every other case. This does not automatically tell against it; exceptions as well as rules are part of law. But it means that there is a burden of proof on the pro-choice side to explain why in this case taking another human life is acceptable, indeed a protected right itself.”

–Ross Douthat, NY Times Opinion