Friday, October 22, 2004

Is this true?

According to the Republican Majority for Choice, 73% of Republicans are pro-abortion. I wonder if that's really the case.

The RMC is currently running ads, urging fellow pro-abortion Republicans to support Republican candidates of like values, and they mention (and display) Schwarzenegger and Giuliani as examples. Kathryn Jean Lopez comments:
    The Republican Majority for Choice is running ads arguing that 73 percent of Republicans are pro-abortion. They plan to run it in the likes of New York, Conn. & Penn. PENNSYLVANIA? I haven’t seen the ad but, my gut is that helps Kerry. He’s arguing he’s really pro-life in his heart and on what matters most (flu shots) and they’re arguing that the GOP is’t against abortion anyway. Thanks, “Republicans.”
You got that right.

Meanwhile, Lopez and fellow Cornerite Jack Fowler post excerpts from the former Governor of Pennsylvania, Bob Casey. Casey -- may he rest in peace -- is best known as a pro-life, Catholic Democrat who was slated to speak at the 1992 Democratic Convention but was denied the opportunity because he's pro-life.

Lopez's excerpt is from a speech at Notre Dame in 1995, which is available online here. The excerpt she posted is as follows:
    The fundamental question posed is this: once a child has been conceived, what is the proper response of a good society - of America at her best? If pregnancy presents a challenge, do we as a society rise to the challenge by dispensing with the child? And when a pregnancy comes at a difficult time, what is the worthier response? Do we surround mother and child with protection and love, or do we hold out to her the cold comfort of a trip to an abortionist? Where is our true character as a nation to be seen - let's ask ourselves this question: Where is our true character to be seen, in an adoptive home, or in an abortion clinic? Who are we? Who are we America? That question deserves an answer. And what woman is truly empowered, I ask you, the woman who takes life, or the woman who gives life?
Fowler's excerpt is from a 1996 Wall Street Journal editorial, and it reads as follows
    For a generation we have lived with abortion on demand. Starting 23 years ago with Roe v. Wade, this policy was sold to America as a kind of social cure. Instead it has left us wounded and divided. We were promised it would broaden the circle of humanity. We were told the whole matter was settled and would soon pass from our minds; 23 years later it tears at our souls.

    The truth is that Roe has failed to deliver. Failed to lift women out of poverty, failed to curb domestic abuse and violence against women. Instead, the feminization of poverty has only grown worse, and domestic violence has spread like a pestilence. Women, along with their children, are now victims of the license to abort. The cruel irony is that abortion rights have underwritten the cynical and chauvinistic exploitation of women by predatory men, who so often abandon them. That is why, contrary to the abortion industry's spin doctors, most women in America oppose abortion on demand, while the most avid supporters of abortion are unmarried males between 18 and 35.

Fowler himself comments,
    More domestic violence, more exploitation of women: This is what the former altar boy now running for President has helped bring about with his 20 Senate years of defending Roe. And yet some Catholics, even those who consider themselves pro-life, are backing Kerry.
We need more Bob Caseys and Ray Flynns in the Democratic Party.

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