Realism seems to have struck some ardent foes of abortion. After 35 years of trying to outlaw the procedure nationally while chipping away at abortion rights state by state, they have decided to add a new and sensible initiative. They'll work with the other side to reduce the number of abortions.
Even before Election Day, a loose coalition of conservative academics, prominent anti-abortion pastors, lay Catholics and other activists began working with old enemies in the pro-abortion rights camp to push a new agenda passage of measures to provide low-income, pregnant women with the kind of services and education that could discourage them from seeking abortions. They are on the right track.
in 2000, the abortion rate among poor women was still four times higher than for women making $30,000 a year