I think that Jonathan’s suggestions about how to dramatically reduce the numbers of abortions are well taken. It’s probably also the case that ANYONE who proposes to reduce anything by 95% is engaged in major wishful thinking. That said, I think this is the sort of thinking that Democrats really ought to be doing more of–coming up with serious proposals to use government to deal with significant social issues of concern to conservatives. It would be interesting to see what happens if a number of Democrats ran strongly on a proposal like this–not using it in a defensive manner, but running directly at conservative Republican congressmen, accusing them of using the abortion issue symbolically but doing nothing to actually reduce the number of abortions. Has anyone actually done this?

Author: Steven M. Teles

Steven Teles is a Visiting Fellow at the Yale Center for the Study of American Politics. He is the author of Whose Welfare? AFDC and Elite Politics (University Press of Kansas), and co-editor of Ethnicity, Social Mobility and Public Policy (Cambridge). He is currently completing a book on the evolution of the conservative legal movement, co-editing a book on conservatism and American Political Development, and beginning a project on integrating political analysis into policy analysis. He has also written journal articles and book chapters on international free market think tanks, normative issues in policy analysis, pensions and affirmative action policy in Britain, US-China policy and federalism. He has taught at Brandeis, Boston University, Holy Cross, and Hamilton colleges, and been a research fellow at Harvard, Princeton and the University of London.