A Post-Roe Playbook

Forty-nine years ago, the Supreme Court invented out of whole cloth a near-absolute right to abortion. It affirmed that right 19 years later. Last week, it amended those most grievous mistakes.

"The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives," reads the syllabus appended to the Court's Friday decision. Many have awaited those words to be inked for decades. At last, there they are.

The last clause of that statement is the most exigent; it affirmatively gives and demands something. Each of us may now self-govern on an issue that we've been forbidden from for nearly half a century. To put it even sharper still, it's incumbent on each of us that we do.

Where, then, should those looking to partake turn? How should they think of abortion—its past and its present? A good starting point is Ryan T. Anderson and Alexandra DeSanctis's new book, Tearing Us Apart.

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