Right on the heels of a federal judge blocking Mississippi’s so-called “heartbeat” anti-choice bill, the Louisiana House of Representatives passed its own “heartbeat” legislation, and the Democratic governor says he will sign it into law. Alabama has passed the harshest anti-choice bill in the country, Missouri is threatening to shut down the only abortion clinic in the state, and the list goes on and on. The abortion debate is hotter than ever right now, and a common ground seems impossible to reach.
Why does this issue continue to divide the nation? Thomas B. Edsall explores the sexual revolution, women’s rights, religion, and how these issues relate to the abortion debate.