Expert: Anti-Choice Movement Used Suffrage Strategy

Source: Futurity, May 11, 2022

On May 2, Politico published a leaked draft of a Supreme Court majority opinion that would overturn two precedent-setting cases—Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey—establishing the right to a safe, legal abortion in America. What comes next is unknown, but there’s no mystery surrounding how the anti-choice movement arrived at this moment after years of carefully organized campaigning, says Teele, an associate professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University SNF Agora Institute. The biggest issue is that instead of having an agenda that’s related to delivering social policies that people want, the Republicans have been very successful in retaining a coalition through the culture wars and through morality politics, Teele says. Teele, whose research interests include women and politics and the causes and consequences of voting rights reform, shares insights into how Roe v. Wade came under fire nearly 50 years after it was decided by the Supreme Court: ….