The lines that the pro-life and pro-choice movements draw are arbitrary. We want twenty weeks as the limit (with the exception of the life of mother or fetus). This is a position that protects both the rights of the mother and child, and is consistent with the law as it was upon the foundation of the United States. It's time to develop this consensus and move on to other things.

Justice Potter Stewart

"The asserted state interests are protection of the health and safety of the pregnant woman, and protection of the potential future human life within her. These are legitimate objectives, amply sufficient to permit a State to regulate abortions as it does other surgical procedures, and perhaps sufficient to permit a State to regulate abortions more stringently or even to prohibit them in the late stages of pregnancy."

Justice Potter Stewart, Concurring Opinion, Roe v. Wade (January 22, 1973)

Michael Gerson

"The media have a slothful tendency to place Americans into rigid categories of pro-life and pro-choice. The reality is more complicated. A 2011 Gallup poll found that 79 percent of people who describe themselves as pro-choice support making abortion illegal in the third trimester. 'One of the clearest messages from Gallup trends,' concludes Gallup’s Lydia Saad, 'is that Americans oppose late-term abortion.' Saad adds: 'A solid majority of Americans (61 percent) believe abortion should generally be legal in the first three months of pregnancy, while 31 percent disagree. However support drops off sharply, to 27 percent, for second-trimester abortions, and further still, to 14 percent, for third-trimester abortions. Gallup has found this pattern each time it has asked this question since 1996.'”

Michael Gerson, Abortion's gray areas, Washington Post (July 4, 2013)

Birth Control and Teen Pregnancy

"Colorado's teen birth rate dropped 40% between 2009 and 2013, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced this week, in part due to a program that provides long-acting contraception to low-income women."

Colorado teen birthrate drops 40% with low-cost birth control, Caitlin Schmidt, CNN, July 10, 2014