How Americans lost their right to abortions: a victory for conservatives, 50 years in the making

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“The anti-abortion movement is ‘the best organized faction in American politics’, said Frederick Clarkson, an expert on the Christian right and a senior research analyst at Political Research Associates, a progressive thinktank in Massachusetts.

‘They understand they’re a minority of the population, of the electorate, and certainly a minority set of views on reproductive rights issues,’ he said. ‘But because they know that, they’ve found effective ways of maximizing their political clout by being better organized than numerically greater factions who are less well organized.’

Put another way, he said, the anti-abortion movement ‘mastered the tools of democracy to achieve undemocratic outcomes’.”

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