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Thursday, February 17, 2011

How is NARAL et al. like the NRA?

Pro-choice Will Saletan on the Kermit Gosnell case in Philadelphia:

I'd like to think that in the months ahead, Pennsylvania's abortion providers and pro-choice groups will work with legislators and the governor to fix the regulatory problems that led to the Gosnell fiasco. But I worry that many of them won't. I've seen providers and their allies in the reproductive rights community circle their wagons before. I've seen them deny the significance of bad doctors, dirty clinics, and a woman's death. I've seen them resist inspections and dismiss abortion laws the way the NRA dismisses gun control.


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Saleton's article is very damning, and he has all the more credibility for being pro-choice. I wish he had left out the reference to the NRA. I don't think it helps his case.

Posted by: David Nickol | Feb 17, 2011 12:21:13 PM

Saletan continues his NARAL/NRA analogy in a Slate column published today:


Posted by: Bill Collier | Feb 18, 2011 2:58:29 PM

Mr. Nickol, are you a supporter of the NRA? If so, I understand why you weren't pleased by the analogy. However, it's a very good one. The NRA is notorious for resisting even reasonable gun safety and security measures out of a fear that they'll end up leading to excessive gun control.

Posted by: Andrew MacKie-Mason | Feb 21, 2011 1:24:28 PM


I am definitely not a supporter of the NRA, and I basically agree with your characterization of it. But when you use the NRA as an analogy, you have to remember that there are millions and millions of people who think the NRA is exactly right to do what it does. So while the analogy works for me, there is a very large group that it will make no sense to.

Posted by: David Nickol | Feb 21, 2011 1:48:47 PM