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a fresh new approach to banning abortions

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Dec 17, 2010

Defenders of Obamacare argue that the broad health-care program, with its requirement for every American to purchase insurance, is constitutional because it is not a compulsion but a tax.  Writing on the Atlantic site, Megan McArdle uses the logic of that argument as a springboard for a novel approach to legislation on abortion: 

Can Congress enact a $50,000 tax on second term abortions?

McArdle's argument is much more effective as a critique of Obamacare and its defenders than as a prescription for pro-life legislation. Still it's an interesting approach.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: family-man - Dec. 22, 2010 10:52 AM ET USA

    "not a compulsion but a tax" Oh, are we no longer compelled to pay taxes?