Roar This: Pro-Life Women Are Here

The leaked Supreme Court draft opinion signalling that the Supreme Court has ruled against abortion puts it back at the center of national dialog Roe V. WadeIt is possible that the decision will be reversed. While many people were still dealing with the news of the leak, pro-abortion activists voiced dissatisfaction at the decision. In some instances, violence was erupting.

We’ve heard from…well, basically every politico of prominence in the days since. In case it wasn’t clear, they are very, VERY angry about this!

If that didn’t convince you (or prompt you to “get [you] a beer”), Vice President Kamala Harris also weighed in. She tweeted her response on Tuesday morning.

Later Tuesday, came video of Harris doing her best Greta Thunberg impersonation while addressing Emily’s List.

They are crazy! They dare tell women what they can and cannot do for their bodies. They are crazy! How dare they stop her from choosing her future? They are attempting to take away women’s rights and freedoms!

These remarks were very memorable to me, and they got me thinking about how the debate is almost always structured. It’s women versus men/the patriarchy. Oder women are the oppressed minority standing up/roaring back. I’ve lost track of the number of “roar”-type posts I saw from women in the pro-choice/pro-abortion camp after this decision.

This premise ignores millions of pro-life women, many of whom welcome the overturning Roe Casey, and who support legislation restricting — if not outright banning — abortion in their states. I took a look at the stats.

Per this Gallup Poll, in 2021, 43 percent of women in America self-identified as “pro-life.” In 2020, it was 41 percent; in 2019, 51 percent — a notable high (but also a higher sampling of Republicans/Conservatives than in the following years); in 2018, 47 percent. For those four years, it was 45.5 percent. And no matter how you slice it, with women making up slightly over half the population, even if only 40 percent of women are pro-life, we’re still talking nearly 50 million women. (Even if one were to draw a distinction between women who consider themselves “pro-life,” yet believe abortion should remain legal under certain circumstances, and those who believe it should be illegal in all circumstances, 19 percent fall into the latter camp.)

That’s a lot of women. Yet, in all of this, it seems that their voices and support for life are completely ignored. It’s as if they — We — don’t exist. We do. We do in every state. In some states, we’re in the minority, and that means even if our voices are heard/acknowledged, they’re not enough to get laws restricting abortion enacted. Just as in some states, we’re in the majority, and those women who oppose such legislation won’t get their way. That’s representative democracy in action — and in either case, women have a voice — a vibrant, healthy voice — in it. As Justice Alito’s draft opinion notes, for instance, in Mississippi (from whence the Dobbs case originated), “In the last election of November 2020, women, who make up around 51.5% of the population of Mississippi, constituted 55.5% of the voters who cast ballots.”

Thursday evening, I attended a meeting of Republican women — all of whom are pro-life. My female colleagues here at RedState — pro-life. At NewsTalkSTL, where I’m a regular guest and frequently fill in as a co-host, the women are pro-life. On  Wednesday, our guests included Ann Moloney, currently running for Missouri’s House of Representatives in the 114th District — mother of nine, seven of whom have served in the United States military — who gave a powerful testimony for life, as well as Sue Liebel of the Susan B. Anthony List — also a strong woman’s voice for life. Below is video of the live streaming.

This discussion isn’t about women versus men — it’s about those who value life from its inception versus those who do not. It’s not about women being oppressed — it’s about women fundamentally disagreeing about when the “choice” is made — before or after new life is created.

Pro-life women exist — no, we don’t just “exist,” we These are. We are honest. We’re strong. We’re wise. We are there. We are here in numbers that cannot be ignored. Funny thing about that song I’ve seen referenced so much of late. It’s 50 years old — one year “older” than Roe. The fifth stanza is:

You can see me growing into a woman.
You can see me from toes to toes
As I spread my lovin’ arms across the land
But I’m still an embryo
We have a long, long way to go
So, until I can make my brother understand

Do you see anything? There’s some irony for ya.

You can roar this.

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