Abortion opponents’ emphasis on informed-consent laws underscores a fresh strategy that’s emerged after decades of thwarted attempts to place even the slightest restrictions on abortion (and though it was helpful in other ways, even the federal partial-birth-abortion ban, twelve years in the making, won’t prohibit a single abortion). It’s a strategy that recognizes that laws restricting abortion are a necessary but not sufficient condition to ending abortion in America.
Most of all, it’s a strategy that allows pro-lifers to talk about abortion in a more complete way: not only in terms of the unborn child’s right to life, but also in terms of a woman’s right to full information. So while abortion supporters speak of protecting and expanding women’s right to choose, pro-lifers — seizing the liberal mantle of science and free inquiry — now focus on informing women exactly what it is they are choosing.
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