Editorial roundup

The Toledo Blade, Aug. 31

Ohio lawmakers are getting ready to approve a bill that would make it illegal to get an abortion because of a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome – an invasive, unconstitutional proposal designed by advocates of compulsory pregnancy. The measure is so extreme that even amid widespread efforts in many other states to criminalize abortion, it has made Ohio the subject of national ridicule.

For Gov. John Kasich, who has made a point of brandishing his (relatively) moderate instincts in the Republican presidential campaign, the bill offers an opportunity to distance his candidacy from extremists in his party and promote a realistic compromise on abortion rights. Given Mr. Kasich’s anti-choice record, though, voters shouldn’t hold their breath …

Publicly, Governor Kasich has tried to distance himself from the extremists in his party, yet he’s embraced every unconstitutional abortion restriction approved by the Republican-controlled General Assembly. He can’t have it both ways. If he hopes to persuade voters of his compassionate-conservative credentials, he must condemn extreme measures such as the Down syndrome bill.

To change the national debate on abortion rights, the “right to life” movement must be held accountable for the humanitarian crisis its policy positions would create …

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