By Dave Andrusko
There is a very slim chance even the closest readers of NRL News Today will remember the name Meaghan Winter. In 2013, she complied the accounts of the abortion experiences of 26 women for an article that ran in New York magazine.
We wrote about these riveting stories at length. Although the goal was to “destigmatize” abortion, ironically the accounts were much more likely to make the average person even more skeptical of abortion, even more convinced it is a horrible “choice.”
Winter has a new book coming out next month—“ All Politics is Local: Why Progressives Must Fight for the States.” Typically, publishers shop around excerpts or a piece delivering the gist of a forthcoming book to sympathetic outlets.
As a hard core pro-abortion, left-wing British publication, The Guardian was a natural for Winter’s book.
Here are four reasons Winter’s overview is very much worth considering.
(1) The third sentence reads, “The presidential race, however, isn’t the only election that will have major ramifications for both the immediate and long-term direction of the nation.” Winter is not underplaying the importance of the contest that will pit pro-life Donald Trump against one of the menagerie of pro-abortion Democrats. It is pivotal. But she is reminding “progressives”—just as we remind pro-lifers—an awful lot of the action takes place in the states.
(2) “This November, 538 state legislative seats in four states are up for election. Another 4,798 state legislative seats in 44 states will be decided in November 2020. And 14 governors will be elected in the next two years. There is no way for Democrats to execute a long-term pro-active political project without winning in the states immediately.” If pro-abortionists are to stymie pro-life initiatives , let alone enact their own agenda, they need to control more state houses. The converse is true. We’ve enacted thousands of laws since pro-life Republicans first took control of many state legislatures in part as a rejection of pro-abortion President Barak Obama.
(3) Winter quotes failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams who told New York magazine: “Most of the seismic shifts in social policy occur on the state level.” Think about all the pro-life laws that sprung up in the fertile soil of responsive state legislatures, including most recently the Abortion Pill Reversal informed consent measures and the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act. We want to build on those and that requires pro-life legislatures. And
(4) Winter falsely argues that “conservative interest groups” into which she foolishly lumps NRLC, often work for change on the state level “in obscurity” because, we’re told “they know almost no one is paying attention.” Really?
How about because we’ve created and nourished a far superior grassroots organization and because state legislators are closer to their constituents? Or we work at the state level because it affords 50 different opportunities to introduce new legislation which is a superior form of educating the electorate? Or because congressional candidates often come out of the ranks of state legislatures?
For all its sidewise conclusions, Winter’s argument is solid. In 2019 and in 2020, we must pay close attention at the state level.