ACHTUNG: The following is not a “fair and balanced” article. It is an editorial by the editor.
Virtually no one should be surprised by the news Friday that the Supreme Court has overturned Roe vs. Wade, thereby ending more than 49 years of federally legal abortions in the United States.
Justice Samuel Alito’s outline of his majority opinion was leaked more than a month ago. Is this what will finally wake up the sleeping and complacent majority of citizens into taking action? The protests in the streets will do about as much good as the Occupy Wall Street movement and the worldwide protests against invading Iraq in 2003.
Since then I’ve been swamped by Democrats asking me to send money to help fight for Roe v. Wade. I won’t.
Right now, the only meaningful thing the Pro-Choice people can do is throw out the rascals, almost all of whom are Republicans at the state and federal levels. At the state level, the GOP isn’t likely to go along with tossing out that antiquated 1931 Michigan law that now kicks in.
So if Pro-Choice folks really want to get even rather than just get mad, their best antidote is to vote straight Democratic in November. Right now, it’s the only power they have. Single-issue voting? Pro-Lifers have done it skillfully for more than 40 years and they’re climbing atop the victory stand.
Showing the Republicans to the door in November may settle this contentious once and for all, but we must remember that the Civil War didn’t really settled the slavery question, even after more than 150 years.
The Pro-Life movement has been said to be a very effective minority pressure group that has been able to patiently get done what it takes to achieve their aims, even without the support of most fellow Americans. Their advantage has been their passion and organizing. They have showed up at the polls while the complacent Pro-Choicers didn’t.
The antidote is to swamp them in the general election and organize around the notion that women deserve to have a voice in the very personal question of abortion and they shouldn’t be treated as second-class citizens.
In this very space a little more than a month ago, I challenged the abortion rights movement with this: “Organize and put your money where your mouth is…
“The pro-choice crowd has only themselves to blame. Though they consistently have enjoyed the supposed advantages in public opinion polls (66 percent), they have been soft on public relations and marketing and have fallen asleep at the wheel while pro-lifers have gotten their boys and girls elected to state legislatures, Congress and the U.S. Senate.
“Pro-choicers are rightly critical about old white men making laws about what women can do with their bodies, but they have simply let it happen. The pro-lifers have outflanked them in getting the elder white guys elected and then appoint justices to the Supreme Court.”
So make this issue a showdown between Life and Choice at the ballot box in November. May the better position win.