After half a century, the struggle against the cruel and radical abortion regime imposed on our society by the Supreme Court may be nearing its end.
The pro-life movement, derided at times as naive even by some who share its goals, may be about to win a great victory for justice by having worked through, not around or against, the framework of our constitutional system. Its success would stand as one of the great moral achievements of our society. But the end of Roe would mark the beginning of another phase in the struggle to protect the unborn, as the pro-life movement labors to ensure that every child is not only protected by law but welcomed in life.
Persuasion will be all the more important as we seek to change laws to protect the unborn. And democratic persuasion will require putting our case in terms that can appeal to those who don’t share all our premises. This often means placing what we are against in the more inviting context of what we are for—showing how saying “no” to something harmful is essential in order to say “yes” to something needful. In America after Roe, that should mean putting the case for rejecting and restricting abortion in the context of a larger case for welcoming children and supporting families. And we might be handed a peculiar opportunity on that front by one of the more cynical arguments made by the defenders of abortion.