Wait, you weren't supposed to actually ban abortion!
Well well well.
Unless you’ve been under a rock for the past few days, and definitely if you didn’t read our piece on it yesterday, the State of Alabama—or “Talibama” as our own djchefron coined it—enacted a bill banning abortion in most cases, including in cases of rape or incest. This is, of course, destined to go to the Supreme Court with the intent of overturning Roe v. Wade.
Contrary to what many think, overturning Roe wouldn’t make abortion illegal all over the country. It would return the US to the condition it was before Roe, where abortion was legal in some states and illegal in others. But it would allow, of course, for those legislatures which so wished to make abortion illegal in toto, setting up a two-tier system, where mostly blue states would keep abortion rights and mostly red states would turn into versions of Margaret Atwood’s Republic of Gilead. (Yes, I name-checked Atwood. There was a book before there was a series.)
But even though many states would continue with abortion rights, for women living in those itching to outlaw it, it would be a catastrophe. And with states like Georgia criminalizing women who even go out of jurisdiction to obtain the procedure, we really are headed into uncharted waters.
(I do question how Georgia would know if one of its citizens traveled out of state to obtain an abortion. One would assume that the vast majority of women learn of their pregnancies via home test kits. If they don’t tell anyone, they can surreptitiously seek out the procedure with none the wiser. For that part of the Georgia law to work, the state would have to turn into a police state, which, fortunately, has yet to happen. But stay tuned; the fact that the punishment is even on the books is terrifying enough.)
Here’s the thing, though: it was never supposed to get this far.
The religious right has spent the better part of 40 years demonizing abortion and Roe v. Wade. That demonization has brought it power, influence, and wealth. It kept selling its rubes that it would do away with abortion all over the country, if only they would send a donation of $20 or $100 or more to fight the good fight—a fight which never seemed close to being won.
Of course, if you keep priming the pump, if you keep selling the gullible and fervent your vision of paradise, eventually they’re going to demand that it be enacted. That’s what happened in Alabama, and Georgia, and Ohio. The 40-year war against abortion rights has reached its logical conclusion as ideologues raised in the cause have achieved power. They didn’t get the memo that this was only supposed to be a rhetorical war, to be maintained in perpetuum to keep the holy warriors on the warpath. Because the thing is that once bans start to be enacted, the grift is upended. Once Jesus actually makes his second coming, then shit gets real.
For example, look at this data:
That’s right. EVEN IN THE SOUTH, support for repealing abortion rights doesn’t reach 25%. People literally do not want this to happen.
But, in Georgia and Ohio and other states, voters also voted for politicians who would do exactly what they don’t want them to do. This is the literal example of the sheep voting for the Wolves Eating Sheep Party, thinking that the wolves wouldn’t do exactly what they promised.
One has to wonder what voters were thinking. Of course, there’s a lot of disenfranchsement and voter suppression. But if maintaining abortion rights was one of the paramount issues, these numbers and the resultant election results are gobsmacking.
So now even Pat Robertson is panicking. When you do something too extreme for Robertson, one can assume that he and his ilk know the backlash that is coming. When the fight against abortion existed merely in the rhetorical world, they could keep the con going and milk the money out of the true believers. But now the true believers are in power, and they didn’t know that they weren’t supposed to actually act on their beliefs. They, the sillies, thought they were elected to cleanse the land. And they’re doing it, by hook and crook.
The far leftists can spare me their alarm. They helped create this reality with their purity and their “Don’t scare me with [insert apocalyptic consequence here].” Anyone who wrote in Bernie Sanders, or voted for Jill fucking Stein, has as much blood on their hands as those who pulled the lever for Donald Trump. Now, when these cases reach the Supreme Court, we have to count on the dubious graces of Chief Justice John Roberts. Needless to say, this is not a sanguine hope to entertain.
So, Pat Robertson. You got what you always said you wanted. Why so sad, bro?
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