Liberals outraged by the prospect of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade have been making arguments that contradict each other — and sometimes even support the “pro-life” case.
Sometimes it seems like the left hasn’t had a deeper thought about abortion than “my body, my choice.”
Arguments began Wednesday in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, seen as the most serious challenge to Roe v. Wade in 30 years.
- The Supreme Court looked poised to uphold the 2018 Mississippi law in question, which bans abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
- Even if the court stopped short of overturning Roe, such a ruling would allow greater restrictions.
- “There are no half measures here,” Sherif Girgis, a Notre Dame law professor who once served as a law clerk for Justice Samuel Alito, told the Associated Press.
In many cases, abortion rights advocates responded to the debate by expressing opinions virtually identical to those made by their anti-abortion opponents against Roe v. Wade.
- Various liberal commenters made what amounted to a “states’ rights” argument, claiming the power to decide the abortion issue shouldn’t be vested in the judicial branch.
Feminist author Roxane Gay:
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.:
Noah Smith, a former Bloomberg opinion columnist, referenced how “people of color are disproportionately high users of abortion,” apparently unaware that anti-abortion activists have been using the data point to make the case against abortion for years.