Abortion Foes Should Gear Up to Win the Fight for Public Opinion

Published May 6, 2022

Washington Post

Pro-lifers should take heed ofthe ferocious blowback to Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr.’s draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade. They need to keep their wits about them in the coming months and focus on the long game: changing public opinion.

Abraham Lincoln was right when he said that in democracies, “public sentiment is everything … [H]e who moulds public sentiment . . . makes statutes and decisions possible or impossible to be executed.” If Americans believe abortion is wrong, then abortion opponents will prevail.

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Henry Olsen is a Washington Post columnist and a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

Photo by Gayatri Malhotra on Unsplash

Henry Olsen, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, studies and provides commentary on American politics. His work focuses on how America’s political order is being upended by populist challenges, from the left and the right. He also studies populism’s impact in other democracies in the developed world.

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