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Steve Waldman


wants Democrats to embrace a ban on third-trimester abortions with an exception for physical health. I wrote about the problems with this proposal the last time Waldman made it. He doesn’t address the objections, and also asserts that the proposal is “perfectly consistent with Roe v. Wade.” If the policy is really supposed to ban late-term abortions except where continued pregnancy would pose a serious risk to the mother’s physical health, then the proposal is almost certainly not compatible with Roe and its companion case Doe. Nor is it consistent with the way the health exception is currently interpreted by the Supreme Court. If Democrats want to adopt a moderate policy on abortion, that’s terrific–but if the proposal is going to be made honestly, they’ll have to reconsider their position on Roe.


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