The Corner

“Choice”

K-Lo’s posting on the Ellen Barkin story is interesting. Barkin certainly gives lie to the term “pro-choice.” For if she were truly “pro-choice,” she would leave to her teenage daughter the decision on whether to have a baby or not. But we all know that “pro-choice” is a misnomer. Indeed, the abotion lobby’s opposition to parental notification laws in based on the fiction that a pregnant teenager is in the best position to assess whether or not to have a baby and that her parents can only interfere with that decision. But by suggesting that she’d drag her teenage daughter to the abortion clinic, Barkin is undermining that rationale. So will we see Ellen Barkin lobbying for parental notification and consent laws? I somehow doubt it.

Shannen W. Coffin is a contributing editor to National Review. He practices appellate law in Washington, D.C.

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