Essay: The New Politics of Abortion

Who said politicians are power hungry? American politicians are greeting the happy news that they are free once again to exercise their democratic prerogatives on the subject of abortion with a reserve bordering on clinical depression. "It's terrible to have this issue back again," New York Assembly Speaker Mel Miller told the New York Times. Others gloomily predict "a mess" and "havoc."

The disaster facing America's state legislators, and potentially its national legislators, is that they may have to address an issue of public policy on which many of their constituents have strong and irreconcilable opinions. This they hate to do...

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