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[Touchstone, January 2004; a consortium discussion of the pro-life movement's "New Rhetorical Strategy"]
The "New Rhetorical Strategy" that Francis Beckwith critiques is getting up in years. My first book, "Real Choices: Listening to Women, Looking for Alternatives to Abortion" was written in 1993. The Caring Foundation's first ads appeared in the mid-nineties, as did Paul Swopes' essay in First Things describing the results of their research. David Reardon's book "Aborted Women: Silent No More," appeared in 1987.
Beckwith might have mentioned as well Dr. Jack Willke's early-nineties project to develop a concise response to the other side's "Who decides?" rhetoric (you may have seen "Love them both" placards), and the trend of pregnancy care centers to shift focus, changing from storefronts that discourage abortion to full-fledged medical clinics or professional counseling centers.