When the Islamic Republic first took control of Iran from the Shah, the new regime decided population growth would be greatly in its advantage. After all, it was faced with a bloody war with neighboring Iraq.
There's a basic misconception that clouds the thinking of many social and religious conservatives. Believing that contraceptive use is a moral wrong, they desperately want to make it into a social ill. To do that, they confuse correlation with causation.
The black community is the frequent testing ground for bad legislation and restrictive medical policies. But this time, according to sponsors and anti-abortionists, its purpose is to stop discrimination -- before birth.
What was truly disappointing about President Obama's first year in office was the way that he flinched every time support for abortion came up in policy debates. In many ways, this has made things worse.