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Opinion

roland merullo

Finding common ground in the abortion debate

On the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling legalizing abortion, the issue continues to tear the American fabric. Still, Roe v. Wade will probably not be overturned in the foreseeable future, given the likelihood that President Obama will make one or two Supreme Court appointments in the next four years. Given that, and given that the abortion issue has been a bitterly contentious one in this country for the past generation, how might we move the discussion into more constructive, less hateful territory?

I am close to people on both sides of the abortion battlefield. It seems to me that if “pro-life” Americans truly believe abortion is murder, then, given the above reality, the wisest use of their energies would be to work tirelessly to reduce the number of abortions.

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