The Supreme Court decision today which will reopen many abortion clinics in Texas and protect others across the United States certainly put abortion back at the center of politics. Even before that decision, other forces were at work making it all but inevitable abortion rights will expand across the world. The disease Zika has changed abortion in countries where it is a threat. The Zika virus causes deformed babies.
Opponents of women’s right to abortion can shout and wave their baby pictures but when the prospect of deformed babies is in the face of pregnant women, those women will not hear protestors. The demand for abortion pills has risen rapidly in South America.
Abortion foes in the U. S. have given up trying to use the argument in court that a fertilized egg is a human being. Instead, they have come up with phony reasons why women should be forced to pay more for their abortions. In the Texas case just decided by the Supreme Court the majority wrote is was ridiculous to say Texas wanted to ensure mothers’ safety. The only purpose for more requirements on abortion clinics was to limit abortions.
Anti abortion groups are trying to use phantom reasons to oppose abortions while women who need abortions have real arguments. The real arguments are women’s economic needs and the prospects of deformed babies.
While phony reasons to limit abortions have been successful for several years, the clock has run out.