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Violating the First Rule of Social Conservatism


The one encouraging thing to take from the imminent passage of the mandatory sexual assault law in Virginia is that we finally have an arbitrary abortion regulation that is highly unpopular.

The First Rule of Social Conservatism, of course, is that social conservatism is much more popular when applied to other people than for yourself. (Perhaps we could call this “Newt’s Law.”) There’s a reason that proponents of “traditional marriage” focus on same-sex marriage rather than, say, no-fault divorce. Abortion regulations that apply burdens to women equally are always going to be unpopular unless there’s an obvious way around them.

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