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Checking in on the imaginary American anti-abortion pro-social-democracy movement

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When Ross Douthat is right, he’s right!

I am beginning to think that anti-abortion Republicans are not going to respond to Dobbs by becoming proponents of an expanded welfare state:

And in the US, of course, many of the same conservatives who claim to care about the wellbeing of Afghan women and then oppose asylum procedures that would allow them to come live in safety are enthusiastically fighting against women’s rights in the US. Abortion is now criminalized or soon-to-be-criminalized in most Republican-led states. Outlawing abortion has been a human rights disaster: Women have gone septic, lost their uteruses, lost their fertility, almost died. It’s entirely possible that some women have died because they couldn’t get the abortions they needed, and we simply don’t know about it. While they claim to care about the women they are forcing to give birth, not one single “pro-life” state that has criminalized abortion since Dobbs was decided last summer has also expanded paid parental leave, or created any sort of universal childcare system, or even expanded welfare benefits or food stamps or housing options for struggling moms and their hungry kids. They have done nothing to decrease their infant and maternal mortality rates, which tend to be higher in abortion-hostile states than in pro-choice ones (have you ever wondered why the countries that are the best for children are also the most feminist, while a great many “pro-life” nations and American states are dismal places to be a woman, a baby, or a child? It’s not a coincidence). What conservative leaders in the US have done is spent exorbitant sums fighting in court to ban abortion in nearly every case and to outlaw incredibly safe and necessary medication — knowing that doing so will push many women into making dangerous decisions.

The thing is that even in jurisdictions where abortion is legal, most women carry their pregnancies to term. Many of them need material assistance during and after their pregnancies! If Republicans cared about supporting parents and children they wouldn’t have needed Dobbs to do it, and there’s nothing about Dobbs that is going to change their minds. The idea that the actually existing anti-abortion movement in the US was ever going to embrace such assistance is just pure denial from a few pundits who don’t want to admit who their allies are.

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