What does it mean for the nation now that Dobbs v Jackson has overturned Roe v Wade? This is a question that we haven’t had to answer until a couple of weeks ago, but which is now pressing. Although written and published (albeit just barely) before the release of the Dobbs decision, Ryan Anderson and Alexandra DeSanctis attempt to answer this question in their new book Tearing us Apart: How abortion harms everything and solves nothing.
For what it’s worth, I think now is the time for those of us on the pro-life side of things to extend the open hand. That is, we should seriously pursue establishing social programs that will address the concerns the pro-choice crowd have. If they are concerned about the health of mothers, we should support public health programs for mothers. If they are concerned about the economic well-being of mothers, we should promote economic assistance for mothers. And so on. I’m a small-government guy, so I’d prefer to see these things done by communities and private institutions first, but I don’t write-off the government as a provider of these services either. Again, whatever concerns the pro-choice crowd have should be addressed. Obviously there need to be all kinds of caveats to that on both sides, but it’s an offer that should be made by pro-life politicians in good faith.
That’s just my two-cents. But I’m not an expert in the field. Ryan Anderson is. You can listen to an interview with him here, where the future of the pro-life and pro-choice movements are discussed: