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Can we compromise after Roe v. Wade?

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The moment many Americans dreaded and many others fervently hoped for — the fall of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision establishing a constitutional right to abortion — is here. Everyone agrees that the high court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson to strike down the 50-year-old precedent by a 5-4 vote will transform American politics, culture and society in ways we cannot yet predict.

One can certainly criticize the ruling’s logic, as well as the political maneuvering that allowed conservatives to gain their majority on the high court. But the fact of Roe’s demise remains. In a country where most people have a moderate position on abortion, endorsing its legality in some but not all cases, can a compromise be found that reduces the damage to the body politic?

Yes, but it’s very unlikely in today’s political environment.

One thing Republican and conservative leaders could do to lower the temperature........

© Newsday

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