Roe v. red wave

4 min readNov 25, 2022
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When the Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade, abortion wasn’t banned nationwide. The reversal lets each state decide the legality of the procedure without federal intrusion.

Pro-choice advocates complained that the Supreme Court’s decision banned federal protection for women from male-dominated state legislators that would outlaw abortion, with no exceptions.

The religious-right, which fought for fifty-years to strike down Roe, embraced the Supreme Court’s decision as the dawn of a new pro-life era in America. On the other hand, the non-religious-right viewed Roe’s reversal as a constitutional victory that reinforced federalism but understood it wasn’t a pro-life mandate to criminalize abortion.

The non-religious-right cautioned red states to avoid extreme anti-abortion legislation because it would jeopardize the “red wave” expected during the 2022 midterm election.

Midterm elections are referendums on the president’s party.

If voters believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, then the president’s party normally loses dozens of congressional seats and control of Congress. In 2010, Obama was in charge of an economy that was struggling and had a high unemployment rate. That led to a “red wave” in which Republicans won more than sixty seats. In 2018, Trump’s administration had low approval ratings because of pointless fights with a Republican-controlled Congress. As a result, Democrats won 40 congressional elections in a “blue wave.”

Since the Biden Administration oversaw a post-pandemic economy that was hurt by the highest inflation rates in 40 years, the religious-right and state legislators in red states trusted history, thought a “red wave” was inevitable, and wrote anti-abortion laws without the slightest worry about a Democratic response.

It didn’t take long before the media revealed an ugly consequence of a state’s swift anti-abortion law.

The Washington Post recapped, “When the Indianapolis Star published about a 10-year-old rape victim from Ohio who was forced to travel to Indiana for an abortion because of new restrictions in her home state, it sparked a national frenzy. An indignant President Biden cited the story a week later as an example of extreme abortion laws, and his political opponents…




J. Pharoah Doss is a columnist for the New Pittsburgh Courier.