When did it become certain that American women’s abortion rights would fall? The Supreme Court’s ruling that ‘Roe was egregiously wrong from the start’ was leaked almost two months ago, so the formal release of the judgment yesterday is bitter but hardly a surprise.
Certainly, Donald Trump can take a lot of the credit. Somehow, an administration that gave every impression of being a blazing car crash from which hapless apparatchiks were ejected at speed managed to appoint three — three! — Supreme Court judges, every one of them a copper-bottomed social conservative.
But he could never have achieved that without the unlikely help of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, that liberal icon of jurisprudence, who missed the chance to retire under Obama and just went on working till her last breath at 87, in 2020.