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Abortion politics in the new Congress

This WaPo article describes three competing (?) efforts to soften ever so slightly the Democrats’ pro-abortion profile. All the proposals came to the fore in the last Congress, mostly (apparently) as campaign devices. I discussed two of them here and here. Senator Reid describes his approach here, but this measure has found an unfortunate sponsor in the House, at least if the intention is to offer an opening to folks on the pro-life side of things.

I note two things in closing. First, the timing of the article, which comes close to the March for Life (held on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade) is obviously intended to show that the Democrats are responsive (see also here). Second, I looked at all the websites of the major players, and couldn’t find anything new anywhere; all the action took place last year. Guess everyone’s too busy posturing during their hundred hours, which seem to have taken forever.

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Actually, the hundred hours ended last week. As of Thursday night, the six agenda items were addressed. they made it in about 47 hours.

It’s a difficult problem, abortion. Polls repeatedly show that the majority supports the right to choose, but the minorty has enough influcence that they have to be addressed. And there truly is no middle ground on this one.

If there was, believe me, someone would have found it.

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