Abortion is still legal but getting one in many states will be difficult if laws passed this year are upheld by the courts. In a march through conservative legislatures, anti-abortion Republicans passed a wave of new restrictions that would sharply limit when a woman could terminate a pregnancy and where she could go to do so.
The push brought the anti-abortion movement closer to a key milestone, in which the procedure would become largely inaccessible in the three-fifths of the country controlled by Republicans even if still technically legal under Roe vs. Wade.
But rather than continuing to roll across the GOP heartland in synch with the pro-life movement's plan, the effort may now be hitting a wall. The obstacle comes not from opposing Democrats but from GOP leaders who believe pressing further is a mistake for a party trying to soften its harder edges after election losses last year.
As soon as the economy starts to show signs of improving, Republicans go back to what they really care about, which is the contents of other peoples' pants. But the majority of people don't like it when Republicans obsess over sex and religion, so the smarter Republicans are trying to keep the conversation on fiscal responsibility and so on for a while longer, at least until after the midterm elections. I don't think they'll be successful at this. The only way this wave of anti-abortion legislation is going to end is if it's forcibly ended by the Supreme Court or by voters.