For many years, the political struggle over abortion was often framed as a starkly binary choice: the interest of the woman, advocated by supporters of abortion rights, versus the interest of the fetus, advocated by opponents of abortion.
But last month’s Supreme Court decision upholding the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act marked a milestone for a different argument advanced by anti-abortion leaders, one they are increasingly making in state legislatures around the country. They say that abortion, as a rule, is not in the best interest of the woman; that women are often misled or ill-informed about its risks to their own physical or emotional health; and that the interests of the pregnant woman and the fetus are, in fact, the same....
Of course, this "different argument" (i.e., loving the Mom as well as her baby) isn't different at all. The pro-life movement has always emphasized the crucial need to reach out in compassion and practical assistance to the parents of the preborn baby.
However, every once in awhile, the journalists of the New York Times open a window to the real world, see what has been there forever and think they just made a startling discovery. This "new" pro-life tactic is just one of those "aha moments" for the Times.