Abortion has poisoned American politics. Good


In the months leading up to and following the 2020 presidential election, I was ready to take the black pill.

I had become convinced that our culture was on an irreversible decline to ever greater depths of progressive depravity and that reactionary politics would only make matters worse. Trump had spilled oil on the fires he was supposed to put out. Every institution that had been neutral in 2016 was openly awakened in 2020.

As much as he emboldens the left, Trump corrupts the right as well. The people I love were getting rude, cruel and bigoted. The Christian right was completely crowned at the march to Jericho. Starry morons like Marjorie Taylor-Greene, Matt Gaetz, and Tommy Tuberville were rising stars in the Republican Party.

Of course, we had taken control of the Supreme Court for a generation (and, of course, the Court would collapse as it always has), but we had done so to the detriment of all other spheres of the society and our own souls. . What would it take to really win the fight, and what would become of us in the process?

I shuddered at the grim answers to these questions. Instead, I embraced Rod Dreher’s popular caricature of the Benedict Option, that Christians would withdraw from the public arena altogether in order to preserve their culture. I thought I saw the future clearly: America would deconstruct itself to death, China would assume hegemony, and maybe in a few hundred years we would have a Chinese Constantine.

But I was wrong. I was wrong because I did not fully understand the real harm that such disengagement would cause to the heads of children, whether they were slaughtered in the womb or filled with hormones before the end of elementary school. And I was wrong because we can still win.

After the pleadings in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health earlier this month, liberals and conservatives appear confident that SCOTUS is preparing to overthrow Roe deer and Casey. You can tell by the increasingly frenzied tenor of pro-choice editorials in major newspapers across our country. The arguments of these plays, so many spaghetti thrown at the wall, range from the morally repugnant (unwanted minority children should be aborted because they suffer trauma when adopted by loving white families) to the logically failed (it wouldn’t mind having an abortion because then I wouldn’t be around to care).

I used to see the abortion debate in America as a shame. I thought we should abandon the legal side of the pro-life movement, which poisoned our politics. Instead, I thought, we should focus on changing mindsets and supporting women. We had one party that thirsted for the blood of unborn children and one that lied about protecting them because it was an easy way to get votes. I was fed up with not being able to vote for the former and being taken for granted by the latter.

I was not alone. Matt Lewis, writing to The daily beast, argued that both Roe deer and Casey are based on shoddy legal reasoning and then envisioned an alternate universe in which no precedent existed:

If the legislative process had not been prematurely aborted by the Supreme Court in 1973, it is possible that we have already reached some sort of consensus on abortion rights. Corn Roe deer short-circuited this process. He also nationalized and raised the stakes in the presidential elections (not to mention the Supreme Court hearings). As a result, American politics have become more wicked and apocalyptic. Each election is the most important in history.

Now, however, I see this toxicity as a badge of honor.

“I find that the issue of abortion touches me a lot. I am very touched that Americans see this as a deep social and moral issue, because it is. And in other Western societies, it is talked about too frivolously. I admire Americans for taking it seriously, ”British author Douglas Murray said at the National Conservatism Conference in November.

He is right. America is one of the few highly developed countries where abortion remains a living political problem. We should be proud of it.

Am I still concerned about the forces Trump unleashed in America? Of course I am. But if his judges strike Roe deer and Casey, dealing a fatal blow to one of the sacraments of awakened progressivism, it will all have been worth it. In large swathes of what is still the richest and most powerful nation on the planet, unborn children will enjoy legal protections and those who harm them will be punished.

Let libs and nations rage. Let the culture wars burn more and more as the Blue States set up an underground railroad to kill unborn states and the Red States push for a pro-life version of the Fugitive Slave Law for the protect. It may be that, to paraphrase William Lloyd Garrison, as long as an abortion clinic is open, “the earth must have no rest.” So be it.

State and federal legislative battles, more vocal rhetoric than ever before, and the need for direct action all loom in the future. When we fight monsters, we have to be careful not to become monsters. But if we stay the course, if we keep our purity of purpose and heart, then in a few decades we could still reach the sparkling price, that historic global reversal that could usher in the start of a new era: a pro-life constitutional amendment and a pro-life culture to match.


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