Since the infamous Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision in 1973, abortion has played a central role in the debate about women’s health.
The abortion issue’s political turmoil, funding battles, heated debates and possible pending legislative changes command a large chuck of public attention. Yet set aside the “talk” about abortion for a minute and consider the grim human toll. One startling statistic illustrates abortion’s impact on women, families, and unborn children: as of 2012, there have been more than 54 million abortions in the United States since Roe vs. Wade.
Looking back through the years, abortion’s importance and staggering influence on everyday life is hard to overestimate. But what about the future of abortion, especially from a political perspective?
Abortion in the United States: A Checkered Past, Chaotic Present…and Hopeful Future?
So where do we go from here? What will abortion in America look like 10, 20 or even 50 years from now? It’s impossible to predict the future, but here’s our best guess, with three key political considerations:
“Women’s Health Rights” Rarely Align with Unborn Children’s Rights
As Mao famously said, “Political power flows through the barrel of a gun.” That’s not quite accurate when discussing abortion. Political power regarding abortion in America flows through willful, well-organized organizations. Planned Parenthood and other groups aren’t just strong advocates for abortion; they’re also practical political operatives. Unfortunately for pro-life proponents, the term “women’s health rights” includes abortion as untouchable; any attempt to limit abortion or reduce the number of abortion clinics is instantly viewed as an attack on women’s health. And that probably won’t change in the foreseeable future.
Attempts to Overturn Roe vs. Wade Will Likely Start from the Top
For pro-life advocates, any attempt to strike Roe vs. Wade from the books would start at the top of the political chain of command. While grass-roots efforts are substantial, the “bully pulpit” of the U.S. President is regarded as the logical starting point for any such efforts. The current political news cycle reflects the highly-charged, high-level discussions on abortion: Republican candidate Donald Trump, according to running mate Mike Pence, may lead efforts to overturn the infamous 1973 Supreme Court ruling. Stay tuned.
Regardless of Official Legal Proclamation, the Pro-Life Movement Will Remain
Many legal experts think it’s highly unlikely that Roe vs. Wade will be overturned in the U.S. court system. The U.S. Supreme Court is notoriously even-handed with controversial legislation; once an issue is settled by the highest judicial power in the country, a law being overturned is extremely rare. For the Roe vs. Wade decision, two factors that will likely keep the law on the book include:
- Pure political will. Pro-abortion advocates regard a woman’s right to abortion along sacred lines. They’re in the fight to win, and any perceived legal maneuvers against Roe vs. Wade
- Increasingly liberal legislators. The Supreme Court likes to model itself along impartial lines, but the legal battleground is becoming more like cede-no-ground trench warfare by the minute. Left-wing judges on one side, conservative judges on the other, with precious few “sway votes” in the middle. America is simply more liberal than it was a generation ago.
However, pro-life organizations, including non-profit groups like Turning Point, will stand steadfast as an alternative to abortion. Regardless of the political winds, strong morals provide rock-solid support for the prevailing attitude on abortion.
The Turning Point Pregnancy Resource Center, as a non-profit organization, is here to help all women in San Diego County, no matter what the political situation is in Washington, D.C. or the California legislature. Our compassionate care and personalized counsel has assisted thousands of women since we’ve opened in 2000. To learn more about our pregnancy clinic, please call 858-397-1970.