The Gist

The Amazing Self-Restraint of the Pro-Life Movement

If the pro-life movement actually believes abortion is government-sanctioned infanticide, why aren’t more clinics under attack?

Anti-abortion demonstrators in Washington, D.C., Jan. 22, 2014.

Listen to Episode 391 of Slate’s The Gist:

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On The Gist, we welcome back past guest and Princeton University professor Julian Zelizer to discuss the likelihood of new gun control legislation. Then, Slate’s Will Saletan joins us to assess the current state of the abortion debate, a decade after writing his book Bearing Right: How Conservatives Won the Abortion War. Why hasn’t this issue moved? For the Spiel, Mike counters all the counterarguments we’ve heard about gun control this week. Plus, a revealing concession.

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