Monday, January 16, 2006

Defusing the Abortion Bomb

With the Alito nomination seemingly in the bag, the center-right is trying to shore up the prochoice Republican base with assurances that the Court will never, ever, ban abortion. It may reverse the phony assertion that the Constitution forbids any government regulation of the procedure, but it will never ban it.

We'll see.

In the short term the Court will probably approve one or more forms of restriction on abortion procedures, and let lawyers argue the fine points for a few decades.

Once that happens, abortion will stop being a federal issue and become a national issue, like property taxes, that both parties talk about broadly but don't form decisive plans regarding.

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