I am probably in the minority with this hot take, but overturning Roe could be the best thing to happen to the pro-choice movement. Rather than defending an elitist decision made by 7 unelected judges against a pro-life public in 1973, they will instead be attacking an elitist decision made by 6 unelected judges against a pro-choice public in 2022 (3 of whom were appointed by Trump whom a majority of Americans loathe and 2 of whom were credibly accused by women of sexual harassment and sexual assault). It also could finally get progressives to pay attention to down ballot races and actually compete for state legislatures. Even in Winthrop.
Of course, many innocent women will be caught in the crossfire of the transition from federal to state oversight over the question. Although if we are actually being honest, most women in red states already have to travel as far as 250 miles to get access to a safe procedure and it’s getting harder by the day. The right’s strategy of chipping away at Roe has already gutted choice without attracting the kind of hostility and attention overturning Roe would, which is why I’m skeptical the Roberts Court will ever pull the trigger. If they do though, it could backfire badly against conservatives while helping progressives elect a pro-choice majority in the Senate, Congress, and state legislatures. We ought to emulate Ireland and pass a constitutional amendment affirming abortion rights, regardless of the eventual future of Roe v. Wade. Either way, I have a feeling after decades of defense, we will finally be on offense.