"Nothing shocking or revealing in it in it, but it emphasizes just how the language and focus has shifted in the last 40 years. Its absolutely amazing how successful political groups and (what would once be considered extreme) religious institutions have been when it comes to "changing the norm". While i dont mean to derail the thread, its worth highlighting how one of the main points in the various cases half a century ago wasnt necessarily "having the child or not", it was "having a safe abortion or having a dangerous abortion", its fascinating how thats been almost completely thrown to the side and is now merely a minor discussion point. With that example in mind, its not surprising that the focus has continued to shift and is now being spun into a religious rights debate."
I'm not quite sure what you're getting at, and you can correct me if I'm misintepreting what your saying, but the issue in Roe v. Wade was whether there is a constitutional right for a woman to have an abortion. The later cases are about what restrictions the state can put on that. Coming from someone that's pro-choice, some of them ought to be fairly uncontroversial, such as whether and under what circumstances the state can outlaw abortion in the third trimester. (Basically where do you draw the line between abortion and infanticide). Others are obvious attempts to make abortion a practical impossibility. Courts have struggled to distinguish the two.
My personal view of the matter, from a strictly legal perspective, is that the constitution doesn't have anything to say about abortion one way or the other. However, since I'm pro-choice, it's a little bit of judicial intellectual dishonesty that I'll let slide.
What I can say though is that majorities are perfectly within their rights to say that they don't want the taxpayer or employers to pay for them, whether on religious or any other grounds. Majorities can say that they don't want the tax dollars to go towards any kind of medical procedure or medications. I don't see why contraception or abortion is somehow different.