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The Growing Aversion to Abortion

Steve Chapman’s latest column weighs in on the recent news that abortion rates continue to fall, pointing out that it is a combination of legislation and education that is responsible.

By now, pro-life groups know that outlawing most abortions is not a plausible aspiration. So they have adopted a two-pronged strategy. The first is to regulate it more closely — with parental notification laws, informed consent requirements and a ban on partial-birth abortion. The second is to educate Americans with an eye toward changing “hearts and minds.” In both, they have had considerable success.