When you have attained your intended objective, you want to maintain that advantage over your adversaries. The last thing you want to do is lose ground you fought so hard to gain in the first place. So, even if it isn’t necessarily guaranteed, or even true, the standard refrain may be that the matter is settled. Therefore, there is no need to continue to argue the case, let it go, we won, you lost, accept it, move on.
This may be true in a sports event, when the clock has run out and the numbers are on the board, but even then some appeal may be possible. But, when it comes to social, moral and legal issues, it is often far from settled, at least to the degree one may wish.
Even something as prominent as a U.S. Supreme Court ruling may not be as rock solid as it may appear. More than one Supreme Court case has been reversed or chipped away at over the years. And, that, among other things, is what worries the most adamant pro-choice advocates. Their frantic cries that Roe v Wade is settled law is a defensive move to protect their current position.
Handwriting on the Wall
The handwriting is on the wall and some don’t like what they read. One aspect is the basic practical/political matter of who actually sits on the court. With changes in who occupies the nine seats at the nation’s most august court, continued opinions in support of abortion cannot be assumed.
Another factor is the matter of the physical realities about pregnancy and the status of the fetus. One of the primary elements cited as a determinant in the allowance of abortion in Roe v Wade is the “viability standard.” As it turns out, that has become an increasingly unreliable measure, less “standard” by the day. This strengthens the pro-life argument.
A third consideration is the personhood of the unborn, a question that was always in the background but may be gaining attention. It’s a rather significant notion, morally, socially, legally. The more we understand about the viability and humanity of this life in a woman’s womb, the less we can honestly deny it. That doesn’t stop some, but it does raise the bar.One of the primary elements cited in Roe v Wade is the 'viability standard.' As it turns out, that has become an increasingly unreliable measure, less 'standard' by the day. This strengthens the pro-life argument. Click To Tweet
Abortion Laws at the State Level
The culmination of these and other factors explains the heightened efforts at the state level to strengthen their own abortion laws on the books. Should Roe v Wade be overturned or substantially altered, the states may find themselves in a position of having more control over abortion. Needless to say, lobbyists and others are hard at work on both sides of the issue.
The yearning, if not outright lust, for having the right justices in place is always lingering in the political ether, but it rears its ugly head at certain times. The possibility of a strongly conservative candidate being seated in the Supreme Court strikes fear in hearts of those who support abortion and other “progressive” agendas.
Time will tell but a new justice potentially in that camp arrived last year and a repeat remains possible in the next year or so. Meanwhile, a number of states have been ramping up enactment of their own laws in anticipation of changes at the federal level. They range from one end of the spectrum to the other depending on the political environment in the statehouses.
Be sure to stay tuned to this trend. You can read in more detail at How States Are Preparing For A Potential Roe v. Wade Challenge.