By Dr. Jameson Taylor for The American Spectator
Having engineered passage of the Mississippi law that resulted in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case, I have wondered about the larger political implications of reversing Roe v. Wade. The answer is slowly coming to light, revealing serious divisions between social and fiscal conservatives and raising questions about the sustained political influence of a unified conservative movement.
For the last 40 years or so, the conservative movement has comprised social conservatives and fiscal conservatives. Much ink has been spilled over whether a person who is fiscally conservative but socially liberal is a “real” conservative. With the reversal of Roe, it is becoming clear that many in the socially conservative wing of the party are at least somewhat fiscally liberal. Thus, many pro-lifers are calling for an expansion of the welfare state, “even if,” as Chuck Donovan of the Charlotte Lozier Institute admits, “it frustrates spending conservatives.”