Come again, please?
This interesting exchange came from a friend of mine, a leader in my state's pro-life and pro-family issues, engaged in post-Alito-confirmation talking-head commentary on the local news.
[D]uring last night's [Feb. 2] taping of the Fox 61 [Connecticut TV News] panel discussion, the central theme of CT NOW Executive Director Kathleen Sloan's comments was that Roe v. Wade wasI wouldn't exactly say Connecticut is changing its spots, but this did come as a surprise. Makes me wonder what NOW is really hearing from people in this state."beside the point."When I responded by saying that Roe v. Wade was, in fact, the most important element of [Alito's] confirmation and the reason why there was so much passion on both sides, Ms. Sloan could not change the subject fast enough.
This moment marks a watershed in the battle over public opinion regarding Roe v. Wade. It would have been unthinkable in, say, 1992 for a NOW spokesman to publicly describe Roe v. Wade as "beside the point."
...When speaking to a larger audience [than "CT's left-wing blogs"], such as Fox 61's viewers, even [Connecticut] NOW is forced to downplay Roe v. Wade.
Last year, NARAL was publicly shamed into withdrawing an ad falsely implying that Chief Justice Roberts supported violence against abortionists. Last night, a CT NOW official felt it necessary to downplay the significance of Roe v. Wade. These things would not have happened 15 years ago.