I’m haunted by this South Carolina Republican, Rep. Neal Collins, realizing that the anti-abortion bills he supported are now forcing women and girls to carry nonviable pregnancies at risk of sepsis, death, and loss of the uterus. All these outcomes were inevitable and predicted. pic.twitter.com/w9z3qbvTNI— Mark Joseph Stern (@mjs_DC) August 23, 2022
A quarter of a century ago, I ran across a survey which indicated that a plurality of American voters believed life begins at conception, were fairly equally split between the pro-life and pro-choice perspectives, yet were solidly opposed to overturning Roe v. Wade.
I was perplexed that a large number of people believed life begins at 0 months of pregnancy but were perfectly fine with a court decision that put serious restrictions upon a state's ability to limit abortion. Legal experts soberly lectured the public that rescinding Roe would not rescind the right to an abortion but merely return the matter to the states. Admittedly, it is now more than two decades since I viewed that poll and I don't remember one in the interim which asked the same set of questions. Still, the American public should be given credit for understanding what most lawyers, constitutional law experts, and I did not understand.