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The whataboutery of the Alabama abortion ban

18 May 2019

2:19 AM

18 May 2019

2:19 AM

Alabama’s near-total abortion ban, signed into law on Wednesday by governor Kay Ivey, is a real moment of hope. The principle on which it grounds itself is simple enough; as Ivey put it: ‘Every life is precious.’

In those four words lies a remedy for the hatreds that divide humanity. True, pro-lifers have their own doubts over the bill: is it too tactical, by conceding very narrow medical exemptions? Is it not tactical enough, because it will be overturned in the courts and meanwhile alienate the middle ground?

But whatever the merits of these criticisms, the Alabama ban is still a landmark.

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