Here are key passages from Supreme Court Justice Alito’s opinion in the Dobbs case overturning Roe v. Wade: “Abortion presents a profound moral question. The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of each state from regulating or prohibiting abortion. Roe and Casey arrogated that authority. We now overrule those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives….we do not pretend to know how our political system or society will respond to today’s decision overriding Roe and Casey.”
Now, just over a year since the Dobbs decision, we should be pretty sure of one thing–Americans don’t want to forfeit their views on abortion to any national authority and have been activated to give warning to Republicans that, after half a century working to overturn Roe, they were totally unprepared for the democratic policy debate and the results that are coming from the people. The Democrats and pro-abortion rights activists are winning state referendums and proxy battles decisively, and in red states! This is not at all what the pro-life movement expected; it has enormous implications up and down the ballot for 2024, and despite some encouraging activity with state level legislation, if the GOP doesn’t get its act together pretty soon, this political liability will persist until Republicans find an acceptable abortion message for the national stage.