Reversing Roe ★★★

It’s been over 25 years since I took Gender-Based Discrmination with Sarah Weddington, but it seems to me that the abortion debate in the U.S. has always been, and always will be, a case of an unstoppable force meeting an immovable object: the Pro-Choicers will always defend what they see as a woman’s fundamental right to make her own decisions regarding her own body (moral, ethical, medical, or otherwise); the Pro-Lifers have determined that “life” begins at conception and will always see abortion as criminal as murder.  What has changed is that abortion has appeared to become less of a necessity by the numbers — primarily as a result of more options and access to contraception —  seemingly fostering a sense of complacency — or lack of urgency or priority — with respect to what used to be the ultimate feminist issue.  What has also changed is that Christianity is losing ground in the U.S. (dropping from 85% of the population in 1990 to 75% in 2015), prompting its most fundamentalist adherents to lash out against the encroaching liberal culture.   And while this semi-advocacy documentary demonstrates that the Pro-Lifers have been more motivated, more organized, and more successful in chipping away at abortion rights first recognized by the Supreme Court 45 years ago, it could have done a lot more to expose the curious social-political forces at play and how the evolution of abortion policies have precipitated a greater divide that culminated in the 2016 election.  (e.g., We know that the Pro-Life movement began to take over the Republican Party between 1980 and 1992, but how did that happen to a party that otherwise leans libertarian?  Specifically, how did non-religious or religiously-indifferent women in the party allow it to happen?  Inquiring minds want to know.)