In my remarks today, I intend to do three things. First, I want to document the trajectory of the Association to Benefit Children's (ABC) approach to this issue, which was considerably more layered and nuanced than often characterized by the press and, certainly, by our most virulent opponents. Second, I aim to offer some reflections as to why the debate became as acrimonious as it did, and how that impeded resolution of this issue satisfactory to the widest possible number of people. Third, I hope that these reflections will provide a basis for some suggestions as to how future debate on these and related, pressing issues of family, maternal and infant health, and HIV might become more civil and, in the process, achieve consensus on compelling policy issues in a more efficient and humane fashion.
24 Fordham Urb. L.J. 729 (1996).