Overreach and Second-Order Effects

Posted by Matt Birchler
— 1 min read

From a thread on Reddit about today’s Supreme Court decision, "The Supreme Court has overturned Roe V. Wade. How do you feel?":

Our fertility doctor has informed us that he will no longer provide services to me and my wife given the higher chance of needing a medically necessary abortion. Any stillborn child would now legally be required to be carried to full term. This is far too dangerous for my wife’s health in his medical opinion. So intense rage is how I’m feeling.

Governments around the U.S. are about to criminalize healthcare services in the most broad way I can ever think of, and the Supreme Court is directly responsible for stripping people's rights. The above example is a second-order effect, as people who want to have babies are going to have a harder time

A decade ago there was a massive argument about whether the Affordable Care Act was government aggressively stepping into your personal health and deciding what you could and couldn't do with your healthcare. Today most people feel favorable towards that, and even higher majorities like the individual parts of it. Today most Americans (even almost half of Republicans) didn't want Roe v. Wade overturned. Want to guess if people will like this decision more or less 10 years from today?