When the abortion lobby starts gearing up its pussyhat-wearing, abortion-loving constituents for a whole new abortion strategy in case the Supreme Court does away with Roe v. Wade, you know they’re running scared.
On November 1, co-founder of the Center for Reproductive Rights Kathryn Kolbert and "human rights lawyer" Julie F. Kay composed an op-ed for The New York Times telling people to prepare themselves for SCOTUS's upcoming repeal of the infamous ruling that made abortion legal across the United States.
The title of the piece spells it all out, stating, “Roe Is as Good as Gone. It’s Time for a New Strategy.” Well ,they certainly seem to be reading some writing on some sort of wall.
Of course, Kolbert and Kay, two women who have argued landmark abortion cases in the past, (Kolbert argued Planned Parenthood v. Casey in 1992, and Kay against Ireland’s ban on abortion before the European Court of Human Rights) claim that two cases on the SCOTUS docket will pretty much destroy Roe in the near future.
The first case will decide the fate of Texas’s recent abortion ban, the “Heartbeat Law,” which bans abortions in the state after an unborn child's heartbeat is detected.
The piece stated that the “Supreme Court will address whether the Justice Department and abortion providers have the ability to challenge the Texas law in federal court.”
The second and "most significant" case to the future of Roe, according to the piece, is Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. As Staff Writer Alexandra DeSanctis of National Review described it, “the statute at issue in Dobbs is Mississippi’s Gestational Age Act, which prohibits nearly all abortions after 15 weeks, with exceptions for cases of a medical emergency or severe fetal abnormality.”
This Act became Mississippi law in 2018 and Planned Parenthood challenged it immediately so it couldn't go into effect. If SCOTUS upholds the Gestational Age Act in December it means they will have undermined Roe v. Wade’s legal framework that gives a woman the right to abort up until the moment of birth.
The two women behind the article seem convinced that SCOTUS will rule to undermine Roe due to the conservative make-up of the court. They wrote that the five conservative justices on the court “are expected to eviscerate abortion access with their decision in Dobbs.”
So, that’s their bad news. The good news for our abortion lobbyists is that the destruction of Roe gets to become a refocusing point for the pro-abortion movement. The piece stated, “While the situation is dire, we do have the potential today to realign American politics and develop a new strategy that not only preserves but expands reproductive freedoms.”
And, while we were expecting to read about some creative and subversive new idea to keep mothers killing their unborn children, the two women argued that they need to stress to the culture the importance of a woman’s right to choose.
“We must highlight the rights of women themselves, and point out that enabling them to choose whether, when and with whom they have children is central to gender equality and essential to the ability to control one’s own life,” they wrote. Supposedly, this is thinking about the issue “differently,” though we’ve heard countless times that it’s about the freedom to choose.
These ladies just can’t seem to understand that most pro-lifers and sane people will never be able to sidestep the innocent life of the unborn baby in these choices.