Strategy of this iteration of the GOP relies, in large measure, on buzz words. If voters are conditioned to shut their minds when they hear one or two words, then the GOP does not have to argue claims that lack merit. One such issue is ...
People who would limit our rights to what the Framers of the Constitution intended, in 1787, do not know how abortion was treated at the time the Constitution was written. Justice Blackmun noted that restrictions on abortion are relatively recent.
“... the restrictive criminal abortion laws in effect in a majority of States today ... are not of ancient or even of common-law origin. Instead, they derive from statutory changes ... in the latter half of the 19th Century.” Roe v Wade, 410 U.S. at 129-30.
Abortion was chosen, cynically, as the ultimate “wedge issue.” The SCOTUS case that protects, at least in part, women’s rights is Roe v Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973). Most people who criticize that case, written by a Nixon appointee, have not bothered to read it.
Worse, once people are conditioned to respond viscerally to the word “abortion,” those people no longer have to think. They do not have to consider that, if they really are pro-life, they should want contraceptives freely available, health care for all, and sex education in schools.
The same people usually say they are for “law & order.” Yet they do not realize that rates for violent crime, nation-wide, dropped in 1991, according to research by Stanford University economist John Donohue and University of Chicago economist Steve Levitt.
In 2019 they revisited, and validated, their 2001 conclusions. Males around age 18 commit a big percentage of crimes. In 1991 a lot of unwanted children were not born. Women should have choices - including ready availability of contraceptives.
If an issue is boiled down to a word or two that causes the GOP audience to foam at the mouth and not bother to reason, simplicity reigns. After all, where in The Constitution does it say women have rights? Our problems are far more complex and require more than simple minds.