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Staying Alive

A very modest proposal for a pro-life president.

Jan 21, 2002, Vol. 7, No. 18 • By HADLEY ARKES
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Of course, many of us believe that this, precisely, is the policy of the Democratic party. But it is not a policy that Democrats care to make explicit in public and claim as their own. The president, in short, may be free to take the high ground, and to articulate the fuller, principled reach of the concerns he has been representing in the country since September. And for a change, it's the Democrats who would be off balance. They could hardly breathe a word of complaint in public. But there are few things that would unsettle them more.

Hadley Arkes is the Ney Professor of American Institutions at Amherst College, and one of the architects of the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act.