Supreme Court Strategizing Should Include Birth Control
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted May 6, 2009 11:26 AM CDT
A demonstrator holding a condom in Rome.   (AP Photo)
camera-icon View 2 more images

(Newser) – The battle for David Souter’s seat on the Supreme Court will be a pitched fight over Roe v. Wade, Cynthia Tucker writes in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "Here’s a suggestion for a pragmatic president with excellent political instincts and the moral capacity to see the ethical quandaries inherent in Roe," she writes. “Find partners for a highly public crusade to encourage contraception. And challenge abortion-rights opponents to join that crusade.”

“They can hardly argue with the logic,” Tucker writes. “If contraceptive use goes up, the abortion rate will decline.” Some will never be convinced, including “narrow-minded traditionalists who hide behind their ‘love’ for the unborn, despite the fact that they oppose all government support for poor children already born.” But moderates on either side of Roe provide “broad support for a practical approach to curbing the abortion rate.”