Forty-three years ago this week, the Supreme Court struck down the laws of 50 states and made abortion-on-demand the law of the land. Over half a million people are expected to protest that decision Friday on the national mall, in what has become the largest annual protest in America. One thing you can bet on: There will be a lot of women in the crowd.
The pro-life movement has always been driven by women. And so it is appropriate that the theme of this year’s March for Life is this: Pro-life and pro-woman go hand-in-hand.
For the longest time, the pro-choice movement was successful, despite much opposition from the other side, in framing abortion as a women’s fight. “My body, my choice.” “Rosaries off my ovaries.” “Reproductive rights.” And so on.
And yet despite all the talk of “the right side of history” and other such popular but empty phrases, abortion remains unpopular and deeply divisive, including among women. Alveda King, the niece of the man who taught us that the “arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice,” is one of the most prominent female faces of the anti-abortion movement. So is Norma McCorvey, also known as “Jane Roe,” of Roe v. Wade. The very plaintiff of the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling never went through with her abortion; rather she has since dedicated her life to opposing it.