Firstly I should acknowledge this post may not win me friends, but I do not write for friendship. Secondly, I must state clearly that I oppose abortion and consider legal rulings against it a good thing.
With those disclaimers out of the way let me attempt to articulate my position on why the Christian Right’s fight to stop abortion is flawed and any victory will be fleeting.
Conservatives and Christians have gotten very good at losing in almost all areas over the past 50 years. The only glimmer of success was the quiet push for CCW gun laws across the states, and we should be grateful our forebears saw fit to arm us against the PissEarth hordes of brown. Abortion was one of the areas that both the Conservatives and the Christians lost heavily on. The liberal hegemony claimed ownership of the woman’s body and allowed her to commit wanton murder. Combine this with even laxer divorce laws and the State was the primary partner to the modern woman, what did it care if she elected to remove a dependent? Single women and children may be a voting block to use but they are also recipients of welfare.
Abortion is one of those topics that is revealing, many WN’s reveal their unprincipled positions by cheering on abortion as a moderately successful black eugenics program. Yet anyone with a modicum of morality will understand this is flawed amoral thinking (that our enemy also promotes and uses). However the fight against abortion to me has always seemed a kind of Christian version of the Turner Diaries – or the Baader Meinhof mentality. That society will pivot and revolt around a single issue. For the WN terrorists, that moment is Manson’s Helter Skelter – or McVeigh’s murder of children in Oklahoma City. Somehow a large visible attack or set of attacks will prompt whitey to spring into action and sort everything out with either the blacks or the Feds – pick your respective evil enemy.
Many Christians, I believe, see abortion in the same light. Their methods are not the brutal terrorist attacks of McVeigh or the Red Brigades. Their methods are instead a slow legal and moral battle. This battle rages in a landscape devoid of vitality. A death and hedonistic worshiping culture that can’t comprehend the magic joy of bringing forth life. Conception is a middle class concern, the unspoken fear of the college bound teen and her dotting parents who want her to get into Brown. Free sex sold to Chads from a young age; the modern American girl fears bearing life. Where once it meant celebration and joy – a chance to mother and bring life of your loved one into the world now it is feared and regarded as a burden. The truly committed anti-abortionists seem blind to this reality.
Against this backdrop how can the anti-abortionists hope to really succeed? Yes – congratulations on getting some legislators to enact laws. As a gun owner, I’ll tell you they will tear those down or outright ignore them as they continue the charge to enable the murder of the unborn. And what if they do succeed? I believe these Christian campaigners see this battle as some magical unreality, in the same way our aforementioned WNs see their bombings. The notion is that once abortion is again illegal somehow Christian values, love, and life will simply spring forth. That myopia is my problem with this battle. They are fighting a good fight in a wasteland that has far more pressing concerns facing it. How can an empty people who so fear conception of life ever value the work that is being done?
These rulings to me are a strong Pyrrhic victory. The ultimate goal of this movement is of course to force another Supreme Court case and ruling on Roe v Wade. That because Trump has nominally pandered to the Evangelical (Israeli) Christian Right about this issue and collected a few more Judges they might finally win! But what really is the victory of life in the land of the dead?