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We Live in a ‘Checkerboard’ Nation in the Aftermath of Roe vs. Wade

WASHINGTON, DC, Aug 15 — A checkerboard nation made up of pro-life and pro-choice states is emerging in the aftermath of the repeal of the 1973 Roe vs. Wade abortion-for-all Supreme Court decision. The Roe decision handed pro-life Americans a victory but it has resulted in a divisive backlash as numerous states take matters into their own hands legitimizing abortions in their jurisdictions.

According to a report by U.S. News, it appears that at least 15 states have enacted or will soon have in place restrictions ranging from absolute bans on unnecessary abortions [9 states] to limitations banning abortions after six weeks [4 states], 15 weeks [one state] and 18 weeks [one state]. The remaining states would allow abortions after 22 weeks, including at least six that have no restrictions.

Meanwhile, a new Gallup Poll shows that the Supreme Court decision on Roe vs. Wade may have helped increase the number of citizens who describe themselves as pro-choice. According to Gallup, “Pro-choice sentiment is now the highest Gallup has measured since 1995 when it was 56% — the only other time it has been at the current level or higher — while the 39% identifying as “pro-life” is the lowest since 1996. Similarly, for the first time in Gallup’s trend on the moral acceptability of abortion, originating in 2001, a majority of Americans (52%) consider abortion morally acceptable, while a record-low 38% call it morally wrong.”

No doubt the leak in early May that the Supreme Court was prepared to overturn the Roe-Wade decision gave abortion activists time to plan and execute a well-funded, concerted effort to begin promoting state-based pro-choice initiatives. Kansas was an early target. On the August 2 ballot was a constitutional amendment that would have done away with abortion rights in the state. In the weeks and days leading up to the vote, well-funded choice supporters initiated an intense, deceptive campaign to defeat the amendment. The prognosticators saw the issue as “too close to call.” But, despite the fact that Kansas is considered a conservative state, when the ballots were counted, the measure failed by an astonishing margin of 59 percent to 41 percent.

Mallory Carroll at the Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, which had spent $1.4 million in support of the amendment, said that “it came down to chaos, confusion, and lies ruling the day. The pro-abortion movement was very successful at claiming that this vote was going to be a vote to stop all abortions in Kansas and put women’s lives at risk. A lot of people worked really hard; we contacted a lot of voters, but the message that the pro-abortion movement was pushing, that this was going to lead to women literally dying, was more effective and salient. It really raises the stakes for upcoming elections and underscores how important it is that, both as a pro-life movement and individual pro-life candidates, [we] need to be really clear about what it is that we stand for … that we are supporting protections for unborn children and women, and that we‘re not advocating for the criminalization of women or anything that’s going to put moms in jeopardy.”

In her interview with the National Catholic Register, Carroll warned that what happened in Kansas can happen in any pro-life versus pro-choice political confrontation. And, she said, it is inevitable that similar electoral confrontations await in other states. Her advice for supporters of pro-life issues and for pro-life candidates is to go on the offensive; life is a winning issue.

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Robin Boyd
3 months ago

It’s a shame we’re being divided over taking responsibility for ones self and being free to be irresponsible. Abortion should be available for those who choose to be irresponsible so long as they are made fully responsible for all costs.

Gerry Little
3 months ago

Very good article, but please don’t play into “progressive’s” hands by using the term “pro-choice.” The correct term is pro-abortion; there is no middle ground here.

3 months ago

The left is determined that this nation is defined by 2 issues: abortion and racism. They have nothing else. As long as we allow these to be the two major topics of our time this nation is doomed.

anna hubert
3 months ago
Reply to  GTPatriot

Very true

David Millikan
3 months ago

Add the INFLATION INCREASE ACT that DICTATOR Beijing biden just signed.

3 months ago

The abortion issue is where it belongs based on the Constitution. Back at the state level with each state deciding for itself what they want to allow or disallow. All the Democrat run states will likely have abortion right up to the moment of delivery, if not even also after birth like a few Democrat states already allow. The vast majority of the Republican run states will allow abortions within the first trimester and with the same exceptions as under Roe. That seems to be where most Republican state legislatures line up.

There was never any realistic expectation that all states would somehow ban all abortions after Roe was properly ruled unconstitutional. That was hype from the left to rile up their base ahead of the midterms or the unrealistic hope of some religious organizations. You may get one to maybe 3 Republican run states in the entire country willing to go to that degree, but that would be a real stretch. It simply isn’t where modern society lines up today. Offer education and alternatives to arbortions, like adoption, but that is about the best you can do and be happy the Supreme Court finally corrected the error they made with Roe decades ago.

3 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

If only we could generate this kind of passion and determination to fight the war on drugs and violence destroying our cities and killing our young people every day.

3 months ago
Reply to  Smike

A fight of that magnitude needs National leadership … and for the present this Nation ain’t got it in the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. Unsettling but so it seems!

3 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

Hmmm. It’s easy to concur with DemocRat run (“BLUE”) states that want legal abortion. Maybe that will keep the future population of Commie DemocRats at lower numbers!!!! Chortle Out Loud!!!

tom S
3 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

Speak truth. Debunk the myths loudly and proudly. Call out the lies and stand on the truth.

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