Why Pro-Lifers Are Missing the Point

The debate over fetal-tissue research overlooks the big issue

The abortion wars are on again. No, abortion is not about to be outlawed. There will be no overturning of Roe v. Wade. In America, this battle is fought, peculiarly, not at the center but at the periphery. The new President repeals the former President's directive allowing funding for abortion counseling overseas. He orders a safety review of RU 486, the so-called abortion pill. He then expresses himself on perhaps the most peripheral issue of all: research that relies on fetal tissue. Bush opposes such research, and has asked the Department of Health and Human Services to study whether federal funding...

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