Abortion’s Triple Crown

For four decades now, pro-life voters have been wedded to the national Republican Party by the vows of politicians whose actions, upon election, have proved that they had no intention ever of fulfilling them.  Every two or four or six years, they would swear to defend the lives of the unborn, and then, after taking the oath of office once again, find that other matters took precedence.  Even in the six years from 2001 to 2007 that the Republicans controlled the White House and both houses of Congress, the defense of torture and the indiscriminate bombing of civilian populations in the name of national defense (all while avoiding the dreaded words radical Islam) took so much time that the closest the George W. Bush administration could come to legislation concerning life issues was the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, which simply resulted in abortuaries killing the child in the womb before performing a late-term abortion, and President George W. Bush’s executive order authorizing federal funds for embryonic stem-cell research—not exactly a pro-life measure.

Yet over the past several years, the story at the state level has been more encouraging.  Rather than attempting to outlaw abortion altogether, pro-life state legislators have taken a rhetorical card from Bill Clinton’s deck.  While the former president established his New Democrat credentials by declaring that he wanted abortion to...

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