With Roe now officially dead and open season having been declared on American women, it’s time for another round of “so now are Republicans going to embrace social democracy to be consistent with the Ethic of Life which is totally the reason they want to ban abortion?” thumb-suckers, emphasis on “sucker”:
More than any particular left/right bias, the mainstream press is biased towards telling liberals that the choice between Republicans and Democrats is far more interesting and morally ambiguous than it appears to be. https://t.co/Y4IWNZW1MT— Merkin Muffley (@MerkinMuffley5) June 26, 2022
Douthat's prediction is delusional. There is a very high correlation between states that now ban abortion and states with the highest maternal and infant mortality rates. These states had plenty of time to pass pro-parent, pro-child policies. They refused. https://t.co/cgEoEd9lib pic.twitter.com/Qih4QRkDju— Mark Joseph Stern (@mjs_DC) June 25, 2022
At this point, you have to wonder if American pro-lifers who actually believe in an expanded welfare state are trying to convince other people or convince themselves that yellow is orange. Perhaps they can discuss this when they hold their annual meeting in a walk-in closet in an 800 sq. ft apartment in Tribeca later this year.
Anyway, in the actually existing states where pro-lifers exercise large influence on the government, the state’s offer to parents and children is this: nothing.
"a state-by-state analysis by public health professionals shows that States with the most restrictive abortion policies also continue to invest the least in women’s and
children’s health."— Scott Lemieux (@LemieuxLGM) June 24, 2022
At this point, there is only one appropriate response to “now Republicans are going to become the Party of Moms!” fever dreams:
The entire "Meet the Press" panel laughed out loud at Peggy Noonan today when she said the GOP "should become a party that helps women" after its abortion "victory." pic.twitter.com/uSth0nkutC— David Edwards (@DavidEdwards) June 26, 2022
All future columns of this ilk should feature oral renditions in a “Peggy Noonan after her fourth Bloody Mary” voice. Laughter, as Charles Black reminds us, is the sovereign prerogative of the philosopher.