Here's a picture that Meghan Keane noted from the weekend abortion rally in D.C. We'll cut the broad in the picture some slack on her spelling and focus instead on the message: "Menopausal Woman Nostalgic For Choice." What could this sign possibly mean?
It could mean that she is nostalgic for the choice (to have an abortion) that was taken away. But such a choice hasn't been taken away, so that's out. Instead, she must be nostaligic for the choice to have an abortion -- the choice taken away by nature, now that she is barren, now that she cannot conceive. Does that make sense? Menopausal women, who no longer have any need for abortions, support the legality of abortions. Fair enough. But that's not quite it either. She's nostalgic, see?
nostalgic adj. [Cf. F. nostalgique] Of or pertaining to nostalgia; affected with nostalgiaThis woman's sign says that she wishes she could still have an abortion. You know, for the cause.
nostalgia n. A wistful or excessively sentimental yearning for return to or of some past period or irrecoverable condition
This is what Radley meant: the mentality that says, "Every legal abortion is a victory for our side."