It’s one of the most curious approaches to a lopsided public
policy battle I’ve seen, and yet it continues to work. The propensity of pro-abortion advocates to
play the underdog is so frighteningly effective, I have to ask if the portion
of the general population that falls for it has taken complete leave of their
I understand this approach meets the “speak truth to power”
mantra that the political left has adopted.
But it doesn’t pass the smell test.
Abortion rights rules the day in this country. It rules in every state of the union. To say it bluntly (and this may be depressing
for pro-life activists), there is absolutely nothing that stops a woman in any
state from having their unborn child legally killed in the womb at any stage of
The “health exception” mandate of the Supreme Court
guarantees it. All the hoops, all the
obstacles – things like parental consent, waiting periods, required ultrasounds
– may discourage the practice or slow down the efficiency of the kill, but abortion
on demand is the law of the land.
Abortion advocates have the legal culture they want, end of story.
That’s what makes comments like these so perplexing:
“Republicans have scheduled a vote Monday on legislation that would ban some women’s health care choices. We can’t turn back the clock on women’s reproductive health.” Kamala Harris
“The attacks on abortion rights that we see now would not be happening if 80 percent of the U.S. Senate were women, not men.” Bernie Sanders
“We cannot for a minute lose sight of the fact that women’s right to control our own bodies is under attack. As long as people in power continue to infringe on that right, the rest of us have to fight twice as hard to protect it. The solution is to change who’s in power.” Kirsten Gillibrand
Perhaps Alexandria DeSanctis responds to this issue than anyone:
“It’s astonishing that abortion proponents get away with portraying themselves as powerless underdogs fighting the system, when in fact they have every structural advantage and are campaigning for the unlimited right to oppress the weak.”
The only dynamic I can compare this to is the humorous
transition the ex-hippies from the 1960s who dedicated their lives to rebelling
against “the man,” made as they literally became “the man.” The ones who protested on college campuses
now run college campuses. The ones who
loathed the media now run the media. The
ones who hated on the government now make the laws.
It’s the same principle.
You shouldn’t get to play the victimized minority when you control the
power and have exactly what you want.
But for some reason the left consistently gets away with it.