Wineke: Now they want to make abortion murder

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A person holds a sign referencing the U.S. Supreme Court as they take part in a rally in favor of abortion rights on the steps of the Temple of Justice, which houses the Washington state Supreme Court, Tuesday, May 3, 2022, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. 

MADISON, Wis. — Well, that didn’t take long.

Within days of a leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft ruling on abortion, Republicans in Louisiana have introduced a bill classifying abortion as homicide and allowing prosecutors to charge women who receive them with murder.

We don’t even know what the final court ruling will be, but we do know that for anti-abortion activists, it will just be the first step.

The idea that any anti-abortion measures would include provisions protecting women who become pregnant because of rape or incest was once just a given in the debate. Remember those days? They weren’t that long ago.

More recently anti-abortion politicians assured us with all the smarmy language they could muster that they would never punish women, just some shadowy group of providers.

Yeah, well tell that to Louisiana Republicans.

I’m sure there is a group of American citizens who truly believe abortion is immoral. I would expect to find their number among those working for government assistance to support families, especially those with young children.

I am equally sure that very few of those whose opposition to abortion is based on love of children serve in the ranks of elected politicians. President Joe Biden has been trying to enact family-supportive legislation since he was elected, and the Republican opposition has been close to unanimous. Ending legal abortion is not a goal for these people, it is a stepping stone to further restrictive power.

I know that because, all over the country, right-wing politicians are trying to consolidate power by urging hatred of those they believe they can coerce.

In Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis was furious when the Disney Corporation spoke out against his anti-gay policies. He didn’t say Disney took on the wrong cause; he said Disney took on the wrong man. He pushed through the state legislature in two or three days a law stripping Disney of its special tax status.

Now Florida will have to spend the next year trying to figure out how to undo that law before it costs taxpayers $1 billion in debt relief plus a major increase in property taxes that would be unanticipated consequences of the new law.

The Supreme Court, itself, has pretty much gutted the voting rights laws with the logical result that all over the south Republican legislatures are stripping the ability of many Black residents to vote.

We don’t know what the final opinion will say. Republican politicians are outraged by the leak, as well they should be. The controversy is going to shine a spotlight on many of the other evil goals they hoped to achieve in the dark.