Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Let Abortion Be Banned

The first of what may be many bills outlawing abortion is coming up in the South Dakota legislature, as discussed in this New York Times article. Liberals and progressives should be happy about this, although I suspect they are not. The abortion issue has been the bread, butter, meat, potatoes, and dessert of the Christian conservative movement in this country since the passage of Roe v. Wade 33 years ago. (Prayer in public schools has been the after-dinner mint, while keeping gays from being happy has been the mango-lime salsa appetizer). It is the primary issue that binds all the moral conservatives in this country together. They need it to survive. But without it, they are weak, and their voices cannot be heard in unison. Without it, they cannot mobilize effectively.

So I say we give them their issue right now. I'm not convinced yet that Chief Justice John Roberts will vote to overturn, but I think we should encourage him to.
An overturning does not automatically outlaw abortion, but rather give power back to the states to decide. By most estimates somewhere between a quarter and a half of the states would probably be able to outlaw abortion in their legislatures. But think of how the politics would shift in this country if such a thing happened. People on the left, many who never voted before or gave a flying rat's ass about politics would suddenly be furious.

Meanwhile, conservatives, lacking their keystone issue, would falter. On the tails of everything horrible the current Republican powerhold has been doing, in the wake of scandals and failed foreign policy and a hugely unpopular President, the conservative movement would be COMPLETELY CRUSHED by the groundswell of liberal and progressive support.
Few national candidates supporting abortion bans would stand a chance. Democrats and even independants would take control of this country within four years. Those same abortion bans would fall, one by one, and the Republican party would be totally humiliated.

There is a cost to this, as unwanted pregnancies would spike in many states. Of course, it could be argued that in many states, such as Mississippi and Alabama, it's already exceedingly difficult to get an abortion, so the change might not even be noticeable. Democrats, liberals, progressives, centrists, all need to get behind the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

By giving a little, we can take the momentum created by such a historical change and use it to crush the opposition handily. By letting it happen, Republicans will suddenly be without legs, arms, or torsoes. They will just be tiny heads trying to shout about the war on terror over the din of the coming progressive wave.


At 2:24 PM, Anonymous GB said...

It's an idea. And one I could back if the pro-choice movement would redirect all of its funds from the political movement to financing out-of-state abortions for women in states where abortion will become illegal.

At 5:41 PM, Blogger Megan said...

I was discussing the 2008 elections with a friend earlier today and we both agreed that the democrats are going to have get creative about taking the fire out from under the republicans. This certainly fits the bill. We'll lure them into a false sense of security and then strike. Heck, we could even go so far as to take all the money spent fighting over this issue and put into social welfare programs that would help struggling mothers with these same children they feel they must abort. Imagine that, a world where abortion isn't necessary. But I'm a pro-choicer, so naturally I will cry over not being able to kill babies anymore. Oh well, sacrifices must be made.

At 10:02 PM, Anonymous j said...

It's actually the opposite of what Rove did when he turned Gay Marriage into the major election issue.

fight fire with fire...

At 9:31 AM, Anonymous Sarah said...

That's a dangerous gamble you propose there. Sorta of like how Depro Provera seems like a great method of population control, but not an ideal method of birth control for the individual woman.


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