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By David Carlin, The Catholic Thing, Oct. 14, 2022

David Carlin is a retired professor of sociology and philosophy at the Community College of Rhode Island, and the author of The Decline and Fall of the Catholic Church in America and, most recently, Three Sexual Revolutions: Catholic, Protestant, Atheist.

I had a brief but significant conversation in the late 1980s.  At the time, I was an anti-abortion member of the Rhode Island Senate, in the days when it was not yet a contradiction in terms to speak of a “pro-life Democrat.” My conversation partner was a political reporter who covered the State House for the Providence Journal.  He was strongly pro-abortion.

I suggested to him that America should try to find a compromise between the pro-life and pro-choice positions, since the conflict between the two sides was tearing the country apart.  The reporter replied that he thought we already had a compromise, Roe v Wade.  (This was before Roe was modified by the Casey ruling of 1992.) …

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