Gearing up for a battle over the next appointment to the Supreme Court, groups like NARAL Pro-Choice America and the National Organization for Women have been warning of the imminent collapse of Roe v. Wade. Roe hangs by a thread, they assert, and a one-vote shift on the court will dismantle the 1973 ruling that defined abortion as a constitutional right.
The prospect of a world without Roe does concentrate the mind. But not just in the ways that the pro-choice groups imagine. A world without Roe might actually be one of the best things that could happen to liberal politics.