“What do you do when your movement is on the right side of an issue morally, but seems to be losing politically? That’s the question the pro-life movement needs to answer, and fast.”–Ryan Anderson, President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center and author of a recent op/ed in The Wall Street Journal entitled “Republicans Can Reset the Abortion Debate”.
As a follow up to comments on my post of April 5, which generated quite a bit of feedback from subscribers, I have been thinking and reading a lot about this question as it pertains to my own position and that of the conservative/pro-life movement since the Supreme Court’s repeal of Roe v. Wade last May, and Anderson’s essay is the best I have seen in outlining this moral/political dilemma and the solution.
His bottom line: “The goal of the pro-life movement has never been merely to make abortion ‘not a constitutional right’, but to protect unborn babies. In the Dobbs decision the pro-life movement won a battle, not a war”, and to accomplish the final objective he emphasizes the political necessity of some tolerance for less than ideal state laws and a willingness to work incrementally over time toward the goal of an America where every child is protected by law and welcomed in life. This will require both sustained moral clarity and political leadership.
The essay is at wsj.com/articles.