The case of abortion in America reveals the influence of ideology
Politicians aim to win the next election but ideologues are looking to win the next generation over
If the US Supreme Court decides to overturn Roe vs Wade, its 1973 judgment that recognized women’s right to abortion through an expanded reading of the right to privacy, it will demonstrate the success of determined conservative politicians, advocates, jurists and activists who have worked on a sustained basis to chip away at a hard-won right, one step at a time. To boast of such an achievement, activists need zeal and conviction; a firm belief, that is, with no room for doubt. This belief typically comes from scriptures, as if they hold an eternal truth, even if their reading is selective, and even if the same scriptures have other texts that, if applied literally, could bring back slavery.