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AS PONNURU ONCE NOTED in National Review, the pro-choicers have benefited ever since Roe simply from being the party of the status quo. People who just want to forget the subject and “move on” are in effect on the pro-choicers’ side.
For the left, it is doubtful that any argument can win them over. “The issue is whether a woman has a right to make up her own mind about her health care,” Howard Dean is quoted as saying. “I think Republicans are intrusive and they invade people’s privacy, and they don’t have a right to do that.”
Ponnuru uses the quote to refute claims that Democrats have softened or changed on abortion. What he doesn’t really address is that it is a strong argument on its own terms, one that can win over even those with qualms about abortion.
His solution — and advice to other pro-lifers — is to take it slowly and work on the minor victories. “Of course it is true that a national ban on abortion cannot be obtained now,” he writes. “But it is not futile to pursue an incremental strategy that improves the laws and culture bit by bit.”
In other words, the battles of the last 30 years may only have been a warm-up.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?