No majority against “partial birth abortion”?

Apparently not. I’m pleasantly surprised.

I had always assumed that if you call dilation and extraction “partial birth abortion” only a few die-hards like me would still be for keeping it legal. Not so. Polls on the latest Supreme Court decision split about evenly. Is that really the best the “pro-lifers” can do, even with the media and the pollsters using their made-up name for the issue?

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: