When it comes to civil rights in the US right now there seems to be a counterintuitive movement between various factions. For LGBT, marriage equality is in a positive upswing and acceptance; for women's reproductive rights it is, sadly, eroding day by day despite the fact that Roe v. Wade was 50 years ago. Even the legalization of pot is getting better approval and results than abortion... The question is, why is this? Jay Michaelson offers a few interesting theories.