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Liberal triumphs may pave way to abortion ban

Liberal triumphs may pave way to abortion ban

The Supreme Court's ruling in favor of gay marriage was a landmark in the expansion of rights, power and moral legitimacy to a previously marginalized group. For now, social conservatives are despondent. But the logic of expanding rights may contain the seeds of conservative victory in another significant cause: banning abortion. The expansion of rights has largely been a liberal project. Indeed, part of being a liberal — arguably the most important part — is the ceaseless effort to expand civic, economic and political space for human dignity. That's the process by which abolition, women's suffrage, civil rights, immigrant rights and gay rights extended...