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"Strategic battles" Continued...

Personhood referenda have already lost twice in Colorado and once in Mississippi. Will Ohio voters support it? Johnston says yes, if advocates argue for it scientifically and morally: "It's a simple argument to make." That is true, although Planned Parenthood and other well-funded opponents use fear to obscure those scientific and moral arguments. Johnston on his blog criticizes Mississippi voters for failing to pass a Personhood amendment: "Mississippi Vote Brings the Necks of God's Enemies into the Noose of God's Judgment." He attacks the Ohio Heartbeat bill as "A Nice Pro-Life Bill If There Is No God."

Other Personhood advocates use milder language, and these next two years are likely to show which strategy-Personhood, Heartbeat, or incremental-does more to save unborn children. Willke says if Heartbeat passes Ohio, at least 10 states will follow suit. Groups in 12 states are working on Personhood amendments either by legislation or ballot initiative.

Meanwhile, state legislatures continue to pass incremental regulations meant to educate and to place limits on abortion. Their goal, as Amherst professor Hadley Arkes puts it, "is to let the Court, led by John Roberts and Sam Alito, now start upholding, one by one, the restrictions that the legislatures are now freer to make. And step by step, the public comes to agree that this restriction is justified ... so is this one and ... this one."

Read articles from past Roe v. Wade issues from our archives.

Susan Olasky
Susan Olasky

Susan pens book reviews and other articles for WORLD as a senior writer and has authored eight historical novels for children. Susan and her husband Marvin live in Asheville, N.C. Follow Susan on Twitter @susanolasky.

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