Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Conservatives double down on pro-life extremism

By Dana Milbank Opinion writer August 18 at 3:34 PM, WashPost

It is becoming difficult to escape the conclusion that conservatives would rather fight about abortion than reduce it.

Candidates in this month’s Republican presidential debate tripped over themselves to display their pro-life extremism, disavowing exceptions that would permit abortion in cases of rape, incest or even to save the life of the mother — non-starters all in American public opinion.

Next month, when Congress returns from recess, some Republicans are threatening to shut down the federal government in order to defund Planned Parenthood’s offering of contraception and other women’s health services — to punish the group for the abortions it provides without federal funds.

I wrote a couple of weeks ago that if Republicans succeed in their effort, and thereby reduce women’s access to birth control, the likely outcome will be more abortions. This expanded on an earlier column noting the hopeful signs that the use of long-acting, reversible contraceptives such as new-generation IUDs can reduce abortions.

(More here.)

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