By Dave Andrusko
Editor’s note. For 36 years Richard Doerflinger worked tirelessly for the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The following appeared over the weekend and is an example of Mr. Doerflinger’s astute powers of observation.
The pro-abortion movement has abandoned its old emphasis on “freedom of choice” and now fixates on maximum “access” to abortion – which means an insistence on public funding, a campaign against conscience rights for health care professionals, and even an attack on clinic regulations trying to protect the life and health of women. In short, abortion will have more rights than women do. The movement’s flagship legislation, the “Women’s Health Protection Act,” is promoted as “codifying Roe” but would attack hundreds of modest laws that are valid under Roe. This new extremism may attract public opinion or, as I hope, it may backfire and turn off many Americans, just as the movement’s fervent defense of the grotesque partial-birth abortion procedure did over a decade ago.