Magazine November 29, 2021, Issue

Abortion Wars after Roe

Texas police separated pro-life protestors from pro-choice protestors during a Women’s March in Austin, Texas, October 2, 2021. (Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters)
The fight will continue even if the precedent is overturned

Sometimes, the Supreme Court settles a question and it goes away. Loving v. Virginia, for example, effectively ended any political and legal debate about interracial marriage. But often, the Court’s epochal decisions redirect the flood tides of litigation and politics into new courses, whether they involve frontal attacks on the Court’s decision (as after Dred Scott v. Sandford), trench warfare over its implementation (as after Brown v. Board of Education), or efforts to punish private dissent (as after Obergefell v. Hodges).

If the Supreme Court goes all the way and overturns Roe v. Wade, the issue of abortion will not go

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This article appears as “After Roe” in the November 29, 2021, print edition of National Review.

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Politics & Policy

End Roe

In this special issue, we examine the legal arguments, the policy arguments, and the social arguments for finally ending the Roe era in America.

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