Why Abortion Is Not Like Other Issues

… On abortion rights, both parties have a claim on public opinion. Maybe more to the point, both can make a strong case that the other party has an extreme view. Abortion is the relatively rare issue in which the cliché is true: public opinion does actually rest about midway between the parties’ platforms.

As a result, abortion occupies a different place in the Republicans’ continuing struggle about whether and how to modernize their party. [cont.]

David Leonhardt, New York Times

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