**Will abortion be the issue that tips the US into civil war? (Part 2)**
“The question is no longer whether there will be a civil conflict in America. The question is how the sides will divide, and who will prevail.” This dark warning comes from Stephen Marche, author of *The Next Civil War: Dispatches from the American Future*. Is the conflict he foresees truly inevitable or are there steps we can take to avert such a disaster?
Last month, the Post-Partisan Forum started with Part 1 of thinking through SCOTUS’ Dobbs ruling. We considered the quality of the decision’s legal reasoning and found it lacking on several fronts.
This month, Part 2 will focus on the predictable impacts Dobbs will have on people living inside and outside the Red States, plus the friction it will cause between these two factions. To guide this discussion, we will use Marche’s recent Guardian article (https://tinyurl.com/ydkemv2p) in which he argues “The battle has been joined, and it will be fought everywhere. Neither side has an absolute advantage, [so] the conclusion is not at all determined.” After considering the evidence he provides for such a prediction, we will begin an extensive, multi-session look at what can bring the country back together before violence erupts.
The Post-Partisan Forum meets 10am to 1pm on the second Saturday’s of most months to give conscientious people a chance to discuss the forces threatening our American polity with civil war and autocracy. We explore these issues from many perspectives and welcome viewpoints that span the political spectrum. We ask only that people’s opinions are fact-based and constructive to understanding or resolving the problems we face as nation.
Former Jefferson Humanist board member Ralph Hughes will facilitate the conversation. He has been conducting community classes on political economy in the Denver metro area for several years now and thoroughly enjoys the stimulating exchanges such forums engender.
Please be COVID considerate and attend if you've been vaccinated, boosted, and are feeling well.