The Supreme Court and Abortion

The Supreme Court and Abortion

During most of the abortion struggle in this century, the main political actors have considered the issue a matter of principle. Either the right to choose abortion stands as principle or it does not. Principled issues are clean, easy to settle conceptually, if not politically. People and nations of integrity do not compromise their principles; doing so amounts to selling them out. Hailed as a great compromise, the decision of the United States Supreme Court this past summer in Planned Parenthood v. Casey has done just this. By legitimating a definition of the abortion issue as having two “extremes,” and attempting to locate itself in the “middle,” the majority opinion, despite protestations to the contrary, has played politics with women’s lives.

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