Saturday, November 10, 2007

Responding to Gary Wills on abortion

Greg Popcak (Exceptional Marriages) responds in a forceful and clear editorial in the Los Angeles Times to a prior op-ed by Gary Wills on the issue of abortion. Popcak skewer's Will's tendentious reading of history and tradition. It is definitely worth a read. [H/t Amy.]

[I was reminded how a similar argument -- as that of Wills -- was used by the Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade, that the Texas law under scrutiny in that case, and similar measures that had become part of the law in the various states during and since the 19th century, represented a kind of hardening of attitudes towards abortion, as against a prior era that was more permissive.]

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