Planned Parenthood is making plans to promote abortion despite the likelihood of a pro-life Supreme Court.
Planned Parenthood explained that the campaign will be a three-pronged approach.
The organization will focus on expanding “services in states where abortion is likely to remain legal and accessible, and invest in technology and other resources to help people living in hostile states access abortion.”
They will also partner “with state advocates and coalition partners to use state policies to ensure there’s an ironclad network of states across the country where abortion will still be legal, no matter what happens at the Supreme Court.”
Their coalition will seek to push laws that strengthen abortion access.
The group’s third angle is to work on cultural change on abortion, attempting to normalize it and diminish “stigma,” particularly in “the media, in everyday conversations, and across popular culture — including working with the music, fashion, movie, and television industries, and with additional public awareness campaigns to be announced in the coming months.”
This is a reminder that if the now conservative-dominated Supreme Court vacates Roe v. Wade, that would still not shut down the abortion industry.
Individual states would then be free to prohibit, regulate, or allow abortion, as they were before Roe v. Wade legalized it nation-wide. Some states would make abortion illegal, while others would keep it legal.
No doubt Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion groups would make it easy for a reluctant mother from a pro-life state to travel to a state that would be happy to accommodate her.
I wonder too about the pressure from the pro-abortion establishment, including big corporations, on states that choose to protect the unborn. When Indiana under then-Governor Mike Pence passed a religious liberty law protecting Christians from having to participate in gay weddings, liberal activists proclaimed boycotts and big corporations threatened to pull out their businesses from the state. Indiana rescinded the law. How much worse will it be for states that prohibit abortion?
For example, the great state of Texas is solidly conservative. But would Texas outlaw abortion if it meant losing businesses that have become big contributors to its booming economy, especially the high tech companies that tend to be the most militant about issues such as this? I’d like to think so. But will it?
If Roe v. Wade is overturned, which I hope it will and which would save lives in at least some states, the pro-life movement will still have much to do.
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