Newsflash: Roe is good for abortion rights

The view that Roe v. Wade is bad for reproductive rights has become fashionably contrarian for certain center-left pundits, typically of the male persuasion.

Blogger and political scientist Scott Lemieux dismantles the myth of disposable Roe in the latest American Prospect:


The claim that overturning Roe would be no big deal for reproductive freedom and a boon to progressive politics may be ossifying into strange center-left conventional wisdom, but it’s still wrong. These arguments are almost certainly too optimistic about the legal framework likely to emerge if the decision is gutted or overturned. And, not surprisingly given the extent to which affluent men safely ensconced in liberal urban centers dominate the liberal pundit class, the arguments also greatly understate or ignore the stark class and geographic inequities in abortion access that would inevitably manifest themselves in a post-Roe world. All the while, they greatly overstate the alleged political benefits of turning abortion into 51 fierce battles at the state and federal level.
[Lawyers, Guns and Money, American Prospect]

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