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Abortion and prostitution

Abortion | Evidence suggests a close relationship between the two in 19th-century America
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 1/04/20, 09:35 am

We are mourning this month the Jan. 22, 1973, Roe v. Wade decision that led to an abortion surge, but we should remember that abortion was not unknown in America even before the Supreme Court’s full-frontal legalization.

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Photo by Sylvia Johnson

Matriarch of neoconservative Kristol family dies

by Mary Hopkins
Posted 1/03/20, 10:33 am

Gertrude Himmelfarb, a historian with an expertise in the morals of Victorian England, died Monday night at her home in Washington, D.C. She was 97. Her son, political analyst William Kristol, said his mother, who was also known as Bea Kristol, died of congestive heart failure. Himmelfarb’s husband, neoconservative journalist Irving Kristol, died in 2009.

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Illustration by Krieg Barrie

Losing the history wars

Abortion | A recent slate of pro-abortion history books shows pro-life authors are ceding important ground
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 1/02/20, 04:41 pm

“Who controls the past controls the future,” George Orwell wrote. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun constructed his 1973 Roe v. Wade decision with historical rebar provided by an NYU law professor, Cyril Means, who just happened to be the lawyer of the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws.

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