Sunday, January 07, 2007

Change tone of abortion debate

If Americans changed the abortion debate to a factual discussion rather than an emotional one, we'd be surprised by what we would discover. For example, why does not one U.S. pro-life organization support contraception, even though it is the only proven way to reduce abortion? Rather, pro-life groups lead campaigns against contraception. If our national discussion centered on policies shown to reduce abortion, we'd learn that the steepest decline in abortion rates happened during our first pro-choice presidency, Bill Clinton's. If this debate centered on results rather than remonstrations we'd see that countries with the lowest abortion rates have adopted the strongest pro-choice policies. Then pro-life Americans could discover that countries with the highest abortion rates have, sadly, the staunchest pro-life policies.

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