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Ramesh Ponnuru

Pro-Lifers Should Hold Off on Seeking National Abortion Ban

Making a federal law a priority would divert conservatives’ attention from pressing political battles in the states. It would also divide them.

Let the states decide for now.

Let the states decide for now.

Photographer: Stefani Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images

Justice Elena Kagan’s dissent in the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade gets one thing right: The ruling doesn’t just open the door to states to ban abortion. It removes the key legal obstacle to a federal ban on abortion, too. Whether and how to take advantage of that opening will now become a strategic choice, and debate, for pro-lifers.

For opponents of abortion, there are weighty considerations on both sides.