Hat tip to Private Tom!
File under: I never thought I’d see the day (from the Washington Post):
Frustrated by the failure to overturn Roe v. Wade, a growing number of antiabortion pastors, conservative academics and activists are setting aside efforts to outlaw abortion and instead are focusing on building social programs and developing other assistance for pregnant women to reduce the number of abortions.
Some of the activists are actually working with abortion rights advocates to push for legislation in Congress that would provide pregnant women with health care, child care and money for education — services that could encourage them to continue their pregnancies. [Salmon, Jacqueline. “Some Abortion Foes Shifting Focus from Ban to Reduction” 18 Nov. 2008]
Of course, not all anti-choicers are for actually working to reduce the numbers of abortions. Some still pray for a total ban that will hurt and endanger women in the name of righteousness.
“It’s a sellout, as far as we are concerned,” said Joe Scheidler, founder of the Pro-Life Action League. “We don’t think it’s really genuine. You don’t have to have a lot of social programs to cut down on abortions.”
It’s only genuine, you see, if it hurts. Making it easier and safer and more feasible for women to have babies does not punish them for their original sin of tempting Adam with a piece of juicy fruit! Total sellout.
Of course, the wording of the above quote can be interpreted in more than one way: maybe “you don’t need to have a lot of social programs to cut down on abortions”–maybe you just need a couple of really good ones.
I’m so happy to see that, on this most divisive issue, common ground might be forged by the two sides for the good of all.