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Linda Greenhouse on Dr. John C. Willke

In her latest column, Linda Greenhouse offers an impressively gracious and thoughtful reflection on the recently deceased pro-life leader Dr. John C. Willke. An excerpt:

Granted, I’m not the most obvious writer to be offering Jack Willke a post-mortem salute, given my own commitment to the abortion rights side of the public argument that he conducted for close to 50 years. But that’s actually the point. It’s easy for any social movement to demonize its adversaries — or, even worse, to ignore them. It’s harder to acknowledge an adversary’s brilliance, and a great deal more useful to learn from it.

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