How Americans lost their right to abortions: a conservative victory 50 years in the making

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This article was originally published in The Guardian, and reposted in Irish Examiner.

“The anti-abortion movement is “the best-organized faction in American politics”, said Fred Clarkson, an expert on the Christian right and an associate at Political Research Associates.

‘They understand they’re a minority of the population, of the electorate, and certainly a minority set of views on reproductive rights issues,’ he said. ‘But because they know that, they’ve found effective ways of maximizing their political clout by being better organized than numerically greater factions who are less well organized.’

Put another way, he said, the anti-abortion movement ‘mastered the tools of democracy to achieve undemocratic outcomes’.”

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The short version of how Americans lost their right to terminate a pregnancy might be summed up in one name: Trump.