Ross Douthat: Drop Abortion Rights and Your Doctors Will Be Allowed to Live
Tiller was cleared of these charges in court, but no matter: "If anything," reasons Douthat, "by enshrining a near-absolute right to abortion in the Constitution, the pro-choice side has ensured that the hard cases are more controversial than they otherwise would be." And controversy causes killing, so we must end it -- preferably, in his view, by overturning Roe v. Wade and returning abortion to the "democratic process," by which abortion may be allowed or made a hanging offense depending on the jurisdiction.
"The result," concludes Douthat, "would be laws with more respect for human life, a culture less inflamed by a small number of tragic cases -- and a political debate, God willing, unmarred by crimes like George Tiller's murder." So, see, Douthat gets the end of abortion on demand, and you heathens get killed less often by rightwing nuts; he's meeting you halfway. Somewhere Bill Kristol is saying to himself, "Why didn't I think of that?"