The Heart of the Abortion Debate: What is Human Life?


Published June 27, 2022

Washington Post

The Supreme Court’s overruling of the abortion-law precedents Roe and Casey is a massive victory for the conservative movement. It is also the beginning of a long-overdue national debate on the most important question that abortion raises:

What is a human being?

I’ve wanted abortion outlawed all of my adult life, so this is a joyous moment. The court has finally removed a shoddily reasoned, ungrounded barrier to the fulfillment of a desire that I share with tens of millions of Americans: to protect human life from wanton destruction. For that, we should be forever grateful to the courageous band of five justices who followed the law and their principles — and perhaps risked their lives, given the recent arrest of a man who allegedly sought to assassinate Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh — to protect the unborn.

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Henry Olsen, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, studies and provides commentary on American politics. His work focuses on how America’s political order is being upended by populist challenges, from the left and the right. He also studies populism’s impact in other democracies in the developed world.


Henry Olsen, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, studies and provides commentary on American politics. His work focuses on how America’s political order is being upended by populist challenges, from the left and the right. He also studies populism’s impact in other democracies in the developed world.

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