Tuesday, January 25, 2005

From Drudge: Hillary seeks common ground on Abortion
"Proposing new political language about abortion rights for an increasingly skittish Democratic Party, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that friends and foes on the issue should come together on 'common ground' to reduce the number of 'unwanted pregnancies' and ultimately abortions, which she called a 'sad, even tragic choice to many, many women.' Clinton, in a speech to about 1,000 abortion rights supporters at the state Capitol, firmly restated her support for Roe v. Wade. But then she offered warm words to opponents of abortion and said that faith and organized religion were the ‘primary’ reasons teenagers abstained from sexual relations...."

My analysis/comments:
1. It seems at least someone in the Democratic Party finally realizes that the road to the White House is closer to the middle of the ideological road. Hillary seems to be trying to soften her tone in prep for 2008. She can make these statements without fear of losing her base.
2. Her language reminds me of President Bush's comments on the campaign trail in 2000, where he states that even reasonable people can disagree on this issue, yet can work together towards "common ground."
3. If "choice" reigns, why do we as a society want to limit the number of abortions? It seems that God's common grace reminds us that ultimately, this act is "sad, even tragic."
4. Speaking of "choice," I wonder when we'll hear more of adoption and abstinence as viable choices? But it's not really about choice. It's now an industry.
5. "Last week, Norma McCorvey, the woman known as 'Jane Roe' in Roe v. Wade, asked the Supreme Court to overturn its 1973 decision." -WSJ 1/24/05. Interesting, but Norma's pro-life stance rarely receives any press.

Outside of the political rhetoric, I mourn for our society that has slipped (even leapt) away from a culture of life.

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