Although the U.S. seems to be as woke and post-biblical as any other transformed Western country, our abortion laws since Roe
(1973) have been wildly out of line with those of the rest of the West. Betsy Clarke, writing in Chronicles
’s sister publication, Intellectual Takeout
, offers this well-considered observation
on the subject:
The 1973 Court seems to have discovered this federal right guaranteeing abortions within the Constitution’s 14th Amendment, which apparently guarantees liberty, privacy, and the right to pursue a career without the drag of annoying little kids.… The United States has among the most permissive abortion laws in the world. It is one of only seven countries in the world that allows elective abortion after 20 weeks’ gestation, a distinction it shares with the Communist governments of North Korea and China.
To be more specific, 47 out of 50 European countries
limit abortion—exactly like the new Mississippi law—to the first 15 weeks of gestation; most restrict the practice to the first trimester; and one member of the EU (Malta) forbids it altogether....
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