Please understand this: if Roe v. Wade is overturned, rich white Republican women and their daughters will continue to get abortions as before. Their focus is on controlling the bodies of non-white and poor women—as it’s always been. When Roe is lost, it’ll only be lost for some.
The percent of the GOP base so devoutly “pro-life” that—in keeping with certain religious dogma—it opposes both the death penalty and all abortions is vanishingly small.

For most Republicans, the goal on abortion is divide-and-conquer rhetoric and cultural “command and control.”
Republicans believe that women who, post-Roe, bring unwanted pregnancies to term—and they’re certain that such women will largely be Democrats—are more likely to stay in poverty and not vote.

Abortion is a liberty, equality, and economic freedom question, and the GOP *knows* it.
Trump is waging a war on democracy. The right is waging a war on women. The alt-right is waging a war on truth. The GOP is waging a war on voting. Far-right antivaxxers are waging a war on science. Everything that makes America America is under threat.


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