Attacking abortion is not just about abortion

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The allegedly moderate Republican Senator from Maine Susan Collins received assurances from Judge Brett Kavanaugh that the Roe v. Wade decision on abortion is “settled law.” Collins, who claims to be pro-choice, was reportedly heartened by this assurance.

True abortion rights activists have been somewhat less impressed. Their concern is not so much that the Supreme Court will overtly…