Mr. Pragmatic

Jeffrey Rosen finds it unlikely that the Supreme Court would interfere with the Stupak amendment, should it pass:

[A]bortion is one area where the common ground Obama seeks may not exist. In that case, the president may conclude, like Nancy Pelosi, that it’s not worth sacrificing health care reform over an important but ultimately peripheral battle in the culture wars. If giving millions of uninsured women access to life-saving procedures like dialysis and chemotherapy requires making it harder for a much smaller number of self-insured women to get abortion coverage, the pragmatic calculation is understandable. But that doesn’t make it any less frustrating.

Ezra Klein is more worried about the possible long-term consequences.