Administrative Burden

Administrative Burden

Policymaking by Other Means

Pamela Herd, Donald P. Moynihan

Pro-life policymakers know they cannot get away with promising to violate constitutional rights, so they offer an alternate value-based justification—protecting women’s health—even as medical research suggests that such claims are unjustified. Abortions are safer than other common and less regulated forms of medical procedures, including colonoscopies, the removal of wisdom teeth, and even childbirth itself. 4 Similar to the administrative burdens placed on voting, the stated goal differs from the actual goal.

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