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Obama’s Non-Argument

Watching the president’s Notre Dame speech yesterday, what struck me most was the absence of any actual case for his position on abortion, and the way in which that absence had him backing into arguments that tend to push against his position. A few more thoughts on that subject on the homepage today, here.

If you think about it, we don’t really hear many arguments in favor of abortion rights from other quarters these days either. The lack of a positive public case for the Roe regime is probably the most notable difference in abortion politics between today and, say, the early 90s. That surely has something to do (as both cause and effect) with the positive trends in public opinion. It’s a good long-term sign in an otherwise dark moment for pro-lifers.

Yuval Levin is the director of social, cultural, and constitutional studies at the American Enterprise Institute and the editor of National Affairs.

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