The Anti-Abortion Movement Won the Yasal Battle, but It’s Losing the War

By David French

Produced by Vishakha Darbha

The abortion rate in America has steadily increased since 2016, despite the 2022 Supreme Court decision overturning the constitutional right to abortion.

As a lawyer who once worked in the anti-abortion movement, Opinion columnist David French says there’s a crisis of hope driving this increase in abortion in America. To see a meaningful decrease, he says, the right needs to look past its legal victory and approach this issue in a more holistic way. “There’s no way to a culture of life without reaching hearts and minds,” he says.

Credit…Illustration by Akshita Chandra/The New York Times; photograph by Chad Baker/Jason Reed/Ryan McVay, via Getty Images

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This Opinion short was produced by Vishakha Darbha. It was edited by Kaari Pitkin and Annie-Rose Strasser. Mixing by Pat McCusker. Original music by Carole Sabouraud, Isaac Jones, Efim Shapiro and Pat McCusker. Fact-checking by Mary Marge Locker. Audience strategy by Kristina Samulewski and Shannon Busta.

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