One favorite and generally accepted definition of insanity is to do something the same way over and over again expecting different results. And so it has been with the pro-life movement.
For the past 30-years the basic strategy to end abortion has been to elect "pro-life" Republicans who, we are frequently told, will put more "pro-life" judges on the courts culminating in the ultimate "overturning" of Roe v Wade-- the 1973 Supreme Court decision which many have speciously claimed "legalized abortion in all fifty states."
Subsequently, Republicans have been responsible for appointing 60% of the federal judiciary including 7 of the 9 Supreme Court justices who handed down Roe and her progeny in the first place, and not one of those justices ever argued that the right to life is an unalienable right which neither the federal nor state government may violate.
Under President Bush $2.2 billion in federal funding went to the nation's largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood. Funding also increased year after year during Bush's two terms in office- a slightly greater increase than under President Clinton.
So here we stand with the same 30-year strategy with the same results, proving beyond a reasonable doubt that the establishment strategy of electing more Republicans to put more "pro-life" judges on the bench has been an unmitigated failure.
As such, perhaps it would be wise at this point to examine whether or not this strategy was designed, inadvertently or not, to actually end abortion or regulate it; and more importantly, whether or not the tangible actions of those who so gratuitously slap the "pro-life" title on their organizations reflect that strategy.
To end abortion is to do just that--to believe that all life, both born and unborn, is an unalienable right and protect it at all cost. To regulate abortion is to do just that…to arrogantly decide whose life has value and whose does not and thus making it "lawful" to eliminate them accordingly. I would submit here that we have tried the latter and after 40 million innocents slaughtered, logic dictates that we cannot end abortion by "regulating" it.
Still, there are "pro-family" and "pro-life" groups who are now actively engaged in opposing state personhood amendments and supporting pro-abortion politicians and presidential candidates who support tax-payer funded embryonic stem cell research and the Stephen Douglas slavery position that abortion is a "states rights issue."
And self-styled "conservative" and "Christian" legal organizations perpetually concede the liberal lie that courts can "revoke," "overturn" and "strike down" laws despite the fact that the judiciary possesses no such enumerated constitutional authority.
Gregg Jackson is a radio talk show host on WRKO in Boston and author of "Conservative Comebacks to Liberal Lies: Issue By Issue Responses to the Most Common Claims of the Left from A to Z."
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