What can the pro-choice movement do now?

By Brigid Kennedy The Week

The Supreme Court appears imminently poised to overturn the national right to an abortion as protected by landmark ruling Roe v. Wade (1973).

Assuming that happens (and it seems that it will), what’s next for liberals and the pro-choice movement?

‘My body, my choice’

The court’s expected ruling would return the question of abortion to the states — many of which have so-called trigger laws, which would implement bans once Roe is overturned — but that doesn’t mean the fight is over. Rather, voters and activists have the opportunity to push back.

“A movement is already underway to pay for women in restrictive states to travel and obtain abortions elsewhere,” The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board opined last week, in support of state-level, rather than federal, abortion protections. “Planned Parenthood would have the biggest fund-raising years in its history. Abortion opponents might even be disappointed by the result of the political debate. They would have to make, and win, the moral case against abortion among their fellow citizens.”

Writing for The Washington Post in December, columnist Henry Olsen made a somewhat similar case, arguing that pro-life activists should expect “an enormous campaign by abortion rights advocates to mobilize the pro-choice majority” should Roe v. Wade be overturned.

In fact, those protests and mobilization efforts have already begun.


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