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Post-Roe, herding ourselves over politics will do nothing but further hurt us


Abortion-rights activist Jamie McIntyre reacts to the ruling that overturns the landmark Roe v. Wade case in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on June 24, 2022, in Washington, D.C. (Nathan Howard/Getty Images) Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Eric Thomas directs the Kansas Scholastic Press Association and teaches visual journalism and photojournalism at the University of Kansas.

The reaction to the Supreme Court stripping away a constitutional right to abortion has spurred many apocalyptic forecasts for the country. Most vivid, of course, is the fear that the United States will become a version of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” with a slave-class of women forced to bear children for a ruling class.

One senator has provided a frank and opportunistic vision.

Josh Hawley, the Missouri senator who went to high school on the Missouri-Kansas state line , provided a second dystopia in his comments to the Kansas City Star’s Daniel Desrochers in reaction to Roe v. Wade being overturned.

However, what I see as dystopia, Hawley apparently sees as an improved country.

“I would predict that the effect […]

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