I have friends who were terrified of this moment. Ever since the Supreme Court agreed to take up the Mississippi case, they worried that with the Senate and House in Democrat hands that overturning Roe v. Wade would galvanize women to force through a national abortion law to replace it.
For this reason, these folks talk about finessing the Mississippi case. “They should leave Roe v. Wade in place but allow most of the state law’s substance to remain.” I guess the strategy they are waiting for is a time when the Presidency, Senate, House and Supreme Court are all reliably conservative to finally overturn Roe v. Wade. Well, I guess that’s a plan of sorts. But to me it sounds more like never.
We have been living with unconstitutional, court mandated policies like abortion, affirmative action and gay marriage for, in some cases, half a century. At some point you either assert the right to strike down unconstitutional laws or you give up on the Constitution all together. The Supreme Court is admitting that Roe v. Wade is unconstitutional. Overturning it is the right thing to do. Waiting is simply weak. It needs to be done now.
I recognize the risk involved in allowing the Democrats to use abortion as a rallying flag. There is an enormous base on the Left that will crank up the propaganda effort to try to frighten and anger women into going ballistic over the SCOTUS decision. There will be marches, sit-ins, probably a few shootings and who knows, a self-immolation or two.
All of this may have the desired effect. Senators will be swayed. Collins and Romney are the best examples. The Democrats may get the law they want. A national abortion mandate written and approved by the Congress and signed into law by Joe Biden. But the thing is, what one Congress and President can sign another one can overturn. You don’t need the stars to align over a fifty-year period like it took to get the Supreme Court majority needed to overturn abortion. And the way things are going the Congress component of this requirement is about to happen this year. And the President component is looking like it will happen in 2024. And at that point abortion will be removed again.
But finessing these things doesn’t work. Speaking openly and honestly about what we want and why is the only way to get normal people to rally to the cause. Currently the Democrats are immensely unpopular because of all the terrible policies they’ve espoused over the last five years. That’s not going to change because Roe v. Wade is overturned.
People will still see that gas is double in price and food is too expensive to buy. The cities will still be full of murderous thugs assaulting the residents undeterred by police or prosecutors. And the federal government will still be trying to propagandize children with anti-white hate and transgender madness that puts children at risk of permanent bodily harm. None of those things will be going away.
So, if and when the Supreme Court strikes down Roe v. Wade take it as a win and move onto the next step. A battle to protect the filibuster or prevent the Supreme Court from being packed can be looked at when they come up. For now, relax and don’t panic. Let the other side panic.