Why Abortion Doesn't Resonate in European Politics

3/23/2017 - Associate Professor of Sociology Drew Halfmann in the Wall Street Journal.

The election of Donald Trump has boosted the profile and prospects of the U.S. antiabortion movement. A wave of right-wing populism is also hitting Europe, but on the continent, abortion is almost invisible as a political issue. No major party in the coming elections in France and Germany, or in last week’s vote in the Netherlands, has proposed more restrictive abortion laws.

The more religious character of American society, particularly the greater presence of evangelical Protestants, is part of the explanation, says Drew Halfmann, a sociology professor at the University of California, Davis.

Read the full story in the Wall Street Journal.

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