May 29, 2010 |
The idea has taken hold that Americans have become more conservative on abortion. Sarah Palin put this new conventional wisdom to political work in a speech two weeks ago when she claimed polls showed "more Americans proudly proclaiming themselves as pro-life . . . and that's a huge victory." She's not entirely wrong, but that doesn't mean she's right. You might be surprised to learn that only about 15% of Americans agree with the particulars of the "pro-life" policy of Palin's Republican Party.
October 22, 1989
McDowell considers abortion "a political question of the first order--that is to say, it is a moral issue," I disagree. As a moral issue, it should be resolved by the individual, not by Big Brother. McDowell also implies that the Webster case returned the abortion issue to the states from the federal government. To the contrary, it removed some of the power and responsibility of the citizens and gave it to the states. Conservatives who champion the individual and are wary of centralized authority cannot avoid the contradiction of these principles by praising Webster.