I read with interest Robert Sobel’s piece on how most Americans are pro choice, which is probably true. It’s also true that even if you’re pro life you probably oppose the extreme bills being pushed by the GOP. Unfortunately, just because a majority of Americans think something that doesn’t mean that their feelings are reflected in the law. There are two problems with this optimistic assessment based on polling.
One, while the pro choice movement has won the polling wars we lost the redistricting wars of 2010. What this means is that the often crackpot often deplorably racist GOP — a welcome home for unrepentant neo confederates — controls not only the US House probably until 2022 at least but a number of state legislatures throughout the country. This is why we’ve seen the majority of just plain awful GOP pro life bills come out of entirely GOP controlled legislatures in Wisconsin, North Carolina, Texas and even my presidential blue home state of Pennsylvania.
Two, pro lifers aren’t pro life because they’re rational. Pro life religious republicans are pro life and anti sex because they’re irrational and tied to a bronze age document that they believe to be the word of God, even though its fictional bloody tales of witches, demons and stonings should give any sensible person pause. It just doesn’t matter that the majority of Americans think they’re loony. Their invisible sky God tells them what to do, as interpreted by celibate anti sex Popes and the transparently fraudulent Elmer Gantrys that run most fundamentalist churches. I mean if you really wanted to encourage women to bring kids into the world you would improve child care and mirror the French system. American childcare is known to be mediocre and awful. Something else we can thank the Christian Right for. Or you would certainly accept medicaid expansion funded by free federal money unlike my awful Governor Tom Corbett.
So this is a war that will continue until 2020 no matter what the polling says. Very depressing. There is some good news in that the federal courts are probably disposed to nullifying the more extreme thinly disguised attempts by the GOP to kill pro choice clinics by way of bureaucratic manipulation. On the other hand, who knows what goes on in Anthony Kennedy’s pretty little head? I would not feel comfortable about the right to choose knowing that Kennedy — the guy who just gutted the Voting Rights Act — has that fifth deciding vote. One thing that would change this fight in the foreseeable future: a win by Hillary Clinton or Elizabeth Warren in the 2016 election. We shall see. Related: One thing that would help would be for Harry Reid to end the filibuster. The more pro choice pro reason candidates Obama gets into the federal judiciary the better. Not Related: I’m still bitter about the shoddy work done by the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC).