I second Atrios’ amazement at those who imagine that an overturned Roe decision would leave abortion to a state-by-state thing. As if the pro-life crowd would just pack up and go home once Alito casts that final vote. The only way to believe that is to completely misunderstand what these people are about. Sure, they use “State’s Rights” as their official argument (or at least the smarter ones do), but that’s an obvious fraud. I’m sure some of them are for State’s Rights, but the rest of them just like the rhetoric of it. How else to explain why they’re against State’s Rights for many other things? Like medical marijuana and other such things. They use State’s Rights when they need it, and abandon it when they don’t. Just like everything else. Because they don’t care about these overarching principles, they just want what they want and will say anything to get it.
And then there’s the issue of “Baby Killing”. If they believe the pro-choice position to be evil and wicked, they’d be just as bad if they allowed abortions in NY and CA. If you believed something was excessively wrong, would it rectify things if you knew that it was only happening in the “bad” states? Were the abolitionists ok with slavery in only the slave states? Of course not. They won’t stop with Roe. Roe is the beginning. Abolition of all abortion is the end. Not just in their state, but in all the states. That’s what this is about. And as soon as Roe is overturned, they will start to work immediately with a national ban, and it will be everything all over again. And we’d know this, if we were just willing to listen to what they’re saying.
And that’s the weirdest thing about the standard beliefs many liberals have towards conservatives. They believe them when they shouldn’t, and don’t take them seriously when they should. But it’s easy to know the difference. Their rhetoric is always empty and shallow, and their beliefs are always solid and deep. And to know that is to know them.