Most Americans aren't abortion absolutists. The available political options don't reflect this.
"Should it be legal?" has not been serving us well.
Most of us only know the pro-life movement after Roe v. Wade. But there's a fuller history—with surprising turns.
A few years after Howard Stephens started providing abortions, he became the target of local anti-abortion protesters. They picketed his home on weekends, distributed leaflets around his neighborhood calling him a murderer, followed his moves around town, and sent hate mail to his son. Perhaps most concerning, the protesters picketed Howard’s church twice.
There has been a broad and dramatic shift toward more abortion restrictions in the United States. This will almost certainly continue.