What the murder of a late-term abortion doctor does and does not say about the anti-choice movement.
Unfortunately for pro-choicers— among whom I emphatically count myself—there is very little evidence that anti-abortion views will fade away anytime soon. The country as a whole may be moving on from the past (though it’s a past to which older white folks, as candidate Obama so unartfully put it in 2008, tend to “cling”). But in sharp contrast to public opinion trends on the other red-hot cultural issue of our times, same-sex marriage, there’s no sign that generational change is affecting opinion on abortion. The country is as divided on the fundamental issues as it was when Roe v. Wade was handed down—and, if anything, anti-choicers have gained some ground. Meanwhile, the Republican Party has been in large part taken over by antiabortion activists, who hold an absolute veto over GOP presidential tickets and considerable power over Congress’s priorities, as demonstrated in the recent efforts of House Republicans to deny all federal funding to Planned Parenthood. The antichoicers also presently have a realistic hope that the next president could appoint enough Supreme Court justices to overturn or sharply limit the right to choose.
The battle over abortion is far from over. While Singular’s book is a well wrought popular account of one incident in that battle, a clear accounting of where the battle stands awaits other writers.
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