Walter Dellinger

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Should We Compromise on Abortion?

The Supreme Court's 1989 decision in Webster v. Reproductive Health Services has turned abortion into a central issue of majoritarian politics: more than half a million Americans have rallied in the nation's capital in the past year to assert strongly that the right to abortion be upheld or restricted. Many prominent commentators are concluding, however, that the "extremists on both sides" must yield to the quieter voices in favor of moderate solutions and legislative compromise. That view, it seems to me, is profoundly mistaken.