At the very center? Cowards' politics, of course.
If Roe is overturned and states have the authority to regulate abortion as they please, of course some of them will ban abortion completely. And if abortion is murder — which it would be under the human life laws that virtually all Republicans now support — on what grounds could the courts overturn them? They couldn't. Everyone know this, and it's sophistry of the tawdriest and most cowardly kind to pretend otherwise. ...Kevin Drum, MoJo
Amanda Marcotte has this to add:
A fertilized egg can't have ownership rights over a woman's body without taking the woman's rights away. Even if you are a woman who can never imagine yourself having an abortion, defining an embryo as a person with rights to your body that outstrip your own threatens you. It could mean opening criminal investigations into miscarriages, and charges of "child neglect" if it turns out you drank a beer or ate a soft cheese before you miscarried. It could give hospitals and doctors extensive rights to override a woman's wish for medical treatment while pregnant or for her care during pregnancy. It certainly could make it harder for women to do ordinary things, such as work in stressful jobs, take certain medications, or drink alcohol, on the grounds that these things could be harmful to the potentially fertilized egg inside. Giving rights to hypothetical people over women has implications far beyond just banning abortion. ...Amanda Marcotte, Slate