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April 9, 2011 | By James Oliphant and Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times
For months, Republicans on Capitol Hill had talked about slashing spending and downsizing the federal bureaucracy. But as a government shutdown threatened this week, the thorniest and most divisive of social issues again resurfaced: abortion rights. Republicans in the House were insisting that a final budget package include a provision to strip financing from Planned Parenthood, long a target of conservative ire. Democrats accused House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) of holding up a potential compromise on the 2011 budget over a last-minute insistence on including abortion-rights restrictions.
May 29, 2010 | Nancy L. Cohen
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.
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