Texas is looking more and more like ground zero in the coming civil war over abortion. Red has long argued that overturning Roe v. Wade will lead to the second American Civil War. That would leave it up to individual states to determine whether to outlaw abortion or lessen current restrictions. In that case, you would have Pro-life and Pro-Choice states – much as you had Free and Slave states in the early 19th century. The divide along geographic lines might not be as exact as in 1861, but it would be reasonably close in all likelihood. And there is no other issue (at least that Red sees) that has the moral underpinning to cause people to think a war was justified (fortunately, the States have no real say on immigration issues). So the more traction the Abortion Abolitionists gain, the closer we come to a bloody resolution.
The Texas Observer writes about a Texas group – Abolish Abortion Texas – that is gaining traction. AAT argues for a complete abortion ban now with no exceptions – U.S. Supreme Court be damned. The use of the term “abolitionist” here is key in drawing a parallel between slavery and abortion.
Bradley Pierce and Wesley Thomas draw a distinction between themselves and other anti-abortion activists. They are not “pro-life,” they’re “abolitionists.” The two leaders of the group Abolish Abortion Texas, founded three years ago, compare themselves to anti-slavery abolitionists in their crusade to outlaw abortion without exception. Texas must “ignore Roe,” Pierce said at the state GOP convention last year, in order to end “the Nile River of blood that is flowing through our land.”