Over the past weeks and months, we've seen a lot of rather callous crowing that the right-wing forced-pregnancy push is somehow "good for ______________" (fill in the blank -- liberals, Democrats, you name it). The idea is that overturning Roe will be so awful that the progressive forces will finally be heard.
Never mentioned is that this red-carpet future for (presumably) Democrats is dyed with the blood of the women who will have died as a result of forced pregnancy laws.
Last night someone sent me a link that made me want to scream. The Deceiver takes the cake when he writes:
Of course, the world is talking about the recently-signed-into-law abortion ban in South Dakota. I feel for the women of SD, I really do, but
-- and when I see that "but," I know what's coming next --
I had hoped that this move on their legislators' part would remain a tacky political badge run up the flagpole, and nothing more. However, as I was driving home tonight from the 9:30 Club, listening to whatever BBC shit they have on NPR, I heard the news that Planned Parenthood is going to challenge the new law in the courts. This caused me to beat the steering wheel and shout, "Stupid, stupid, stupid!" several times.
Again. It's not that I don't sympathize with the citizens of SD who are going to suffer the deleterious effects of a law that flies in the face of Freakonomics and imbues rapists with special legal rights.
It's just that the lives of the women who will be directly impacted by this law are not as important as the meta-agenda.
It's simply that Planned Parenthood is embarking on the EXACT course the opponents of legal abortion WANT them to. Taking this matter to court is a fine way to make a big showy pageant of deeply held principles, but it's a trap--the path inevitably leads to showdown in the SCOTUS against a panel of judges that are, in all likelihood, not predisposed to rule in favor of abortion rights. It's the one battlefield where victory is certain to be denied and it should be avoided at all costs.
All costs? Any amount of lives?
There is a reason Planned Parenthood is taking on the law. Because the law prevents Planned Parenthood from providing healthcare for women. You can't just write off women in South Dakota as martyrs to the cause. It's not our place -- anyone's place -- to do that!
Right now, with South Dakota's laws on the books, the correct course of action is to make sure no plaintiff of any sort challenges their law. I know that sounds like crazy talk. But right now, this anti-abortion buck stops at the South Dakota border (though I'm well aware that other states are considering moving in the same direction--sadly, these states will also have to be sacrificed to save abortion rights everywhere else).
I'm sorry, but that makes no sense. It's like arguing that permitting slavery in the South protected freedom in the North.
Of course they have to fight the law. It could mean an injunction against it, and that would save lives, and I'm sorry, you have to save what lives when you can. You can't just turn your back on people in some futurist gambit based on predictions and guesswork.
"I'm sorry, Jill. We can't defend your Constitutional rights because we have greater political opportunities in the future. You just don't figure in our calculus. Sorry! Have you considered the power of prayer?"
But wait -- our Deceiver isn't done:
What should Planned Parenthood do? Rather then expend money in effort in a shameless waste that will, in all likelihood, end in total defeat in one fell swoop (or, in all fairness, bring that possibility a step closer*), abortion-rights advocates should take the sensible step of making the anti-choice winners pay the price for having won. They should bring as much pressure as they can afford to bear on the legislators who gave this abortion ban its life and chase them from office. Barring that, they should simply let South Dakota twist on the withering vine of their tax base, letting the state buckle under the weight of having to care for unwanted children and all of the malicious consequences cited by Steven Levitt.
Notice no mention of the women who will pay the price. No, it's all about political power to the Deceiver. Lives don't even figure into the equation for him/her.
Addendum: Somehow I'm not surprised that The Deceiver buys into the child support argument against overturning Roe. "Guys, abortion saves you money!"