But in Red Clocks, the reason is simply that the antichoice movement has finally achieved what it set out to do, what it is working to accomplish as I write this and will be working to accomplish when you read it.
When those of us on the right read these sorts of notions, we laugh a bit. Who could actually believe such a thing?
Then, the sobering reality hits: there are lots of people who do in fact believe such nonsense is possible.
There is indeed an antichoice movement. It has a critical mass, albeit a clear minority, in terms of popular opinion. It MAY (although I doubt it) get Roe overturned someday, but if it does, it will a legal matter, by a SCOTUS who wishes to re-establish the boundaries between what is a state and what is a federal matter.
From there, the “movement” goes on life support. It has success in conservative states, none in liberal states. Opinions on legality vs illegality are galvanized; those believing abortion should be completely illegal are few, those believing it should be legal are many, albeit with varying shades of gray involving “pain of the fetus”, “20 week limits”, “parental notification” and such.
The idea in the book, that there could someday be an Amendment passed (that’s 2/3 of the House voting, 2/3 of the Senate voting, 2/3 of the states ratifying) that would limit freedom as such……well, let’s put it this way: if we ever get to the point where the status quo thought in the US is so restrictive of personal freedom, the loss of the right to abortion will be the least of anyone’s concerns.