Dobbs Dealt a Blow to the Supply Side of Abortion; Now Pro-Lifers Should Focus on the Demand Side

Marvin Olasky

Pro-lifers rejoiced over last June's Supreme Court decision that liberated the United States from a half century of Roe v. Wade. It was an earthquake. But since then, we have had a pandemic of bad news.

Here are just three of the difficult developments. First, the number of abortions has probably not declined very much. Tragically, frightened women carrying unborn children have headed to blue states for abortions; big corporations have sometimes paid their transportation costs. Other women have swallowed abortion pills in the privacy of their own apartments, all alone, all apart from pregnancy resource centers that could help them.

Second, the federal government stands firmly on the side of abortion. The Justice Department says the Postal Service can deliver abortion pills to women in states that make abortion illegal. The Food and Drug Administration announced that retail pharmacies can now sell abortion pills. And so on.

Here comes strike three: K in baseball is the symbol for a strikeout, and referenda votes in red states like Kansas and Kentucky have brought punchouts of pro-lifers. My old newspaper, The Boston Globe, recently ran an article glorifying the architect of victory for the abortion side in those elections, Rachel Sweet, who works the churches in which congregants say, I don't like abortion, but I'm worried about a religious tyranny being imposed. Sweet stokes fears of "extreme bans, ban with no exceptions. Those are really out of step with mainstream values."

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