Strategic and political impatience is killing America


Even the late liberal Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was critical of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that declared abortion a constitutional right. While she supported a woman’s right to choose, Ginsburg argued that winning over state legislatures would put choice on a more solid footing. She was right. Seeking to short-circuit the legislative process with an appeal to the Supreme Court put abortion rights on a shaky foundation. The shortcut proved more corrosive than using the constitutional process bypassed by Roe would have been.

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