What voters of 2020 need to know and understand about the damaging 10 Results of Restrictive Abortion Laws.
As the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court grows more certain, so too does the end or severe erosion of Roe v. Wade.
During her confirmation hearings, Judge Barrett did what would not be acceptable in any other job interview: insisted she knew nothing, could not apply the law to hypothetical facts, and could not give any information about how she would perform in the job.
We all know how Judge Barrett really feels about abortion, no matter how many times she insists she will be an impartial observer. Republicans would not be so gleefully pushing her through if they had any doubt she would vote to reverse Roe v. Wade. This radical opposition to abortion is far out of step with the mainstream. The overwhelming majority of Americans support abortion rights, and just 23% want Roe v. Wade overturned. Even 79% of so-called “Never Hillary” independents think Roe should remain in place, according to an Axios-Survey Monkey poll. A Notre Dame survey arrived at similar conclusions, finding that 86 percent of Americans think abortion should remain legal in at least some circumstances.
The decision to ram through a nominee whose values stand in such stark contrast to those most Americans hold is part of the ongoing Republican assault on democracy. The far right knows it cannot win in the marketplace ideas, cannot convince people to vote for the cruel things it wants. So instead, it continually tries to override the will of the people.
Abortion is about more than the ability of women to control their lives and destinies—though that should certainly be reason enough to preserve it.
Here’s what goes wrong when the far right gets what it wants.
- Pregnant People Die
- Domestic Violence Increases
- Poverty Skyrockets
- Women’s Mental Health Declines
- The Abortion Rate Doesn’t Always Go Down
- Late-Term Abortions Increase
Policies That Could Actually Reduce Abortion Go Ignored
- Child Abuse Surges
- The Most Vulnerable Women Suffer the Most
- Men Suffer, Too
The pro-life platform Republicans claim to endorse doesn’t exist. Their party is committed only to power. They put children in cages. They think women should die for their rapist’s babies. They think children should die because their parents are too poor to afford healthcare. This has never been about life.
The only antidote to a Supreme Court determined to ignore the will of the people and legal precedent is to vote in leaders who will push back. Without that, women will die and families will suffer. Find out how to vote in your state here.