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And so, in the dead news zone of early Friday evening, the “Mexico City policy” has been, as promised, reversed. International groups that provide abortions or information on obtaining them will now get federal money. Even if that were to result in a net decline in the number of abortions (via better information on birth control), pro-life groups would not be happy. For them, the issue has to do with moral norms, ethical principles, and public policies, not abortion rates. Of course, they’d deny that, and argue that any claims of abortion-reduction are bogus. But that’s why I’m dubious that third-way hopes for common-ground abortion reduction will gain much mainstream pro-life support. Politically, to be sure, it may have its benefits.