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“New Prospects on the 44th March for Life” –Hadley Arkes in The Catholic Thing

After taking a brief hiatus to teach his final class at Amherst, Prof. Arkes returns to The Catholic Thing with his piece, “New Prospects on the 44th March for Life.”  He takes this moment to give attention to the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which was introduced in the Senate three days ago. Some excerpts:

“But so stand things now as pro-lifers gather in Washington today for the 44th time for the March for Life. I have not missed a single one. And yet the marchers gather now buoyed by prospects richer than anything we have known even since the days of Reagan. The election brought in a conservative Administration with pro-life lawyers at every point in the White House and Department of Justice.

“From this corps will come the nomination of a judge fit to be the successor of Justice Scalia. But the Republicans in Congress are even more firmly a pro-life party than they were in the days of Reagan, and from this Congress will come a series of pro-life measures, including the new Born-Alive Survivors of Abortion Protection Act.”

“What has not dawned on the Republicans in Congress, even yet, is that they can do more than treat the issue of abortion at the edges, by withdrawing the funds to promote abortion. What most conservatives don’t recognize is that Congress right now has the authority to legislate directly on abortion, to enforce or even modify, limit, scale down, those rights proclaimed in Roe v. Wade. That is the lesson we are trying to teach again in this new version of the Born-Alive Act, drawing on precedents from Lincoln to our own day.”

Read the whole piece here.

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