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Sunday, August 19, 2007

Anne Rice on politics

While I disagree with her endorsement of Hillary!, what she has to say is interesting and can give those of us who are pro-life, as she is, something to think about. Be sure to read her entire article.

I have heard many anti-abortion statements made by people who are not Democrats, but many of these statements do not strike me as constructive or convincing.  I feel we can stop the horror of abortion.  But I do not feel it can be done by rolling back Roe vs. Wade, or packing the Supreme Court with judges committed to doing this.  As a student of history, I do not think that Americans will give up the legal right to abortion. Should Roe vs Wade be rolled back, Americans will pass other laws to support abortion, or they will find ways to have abortions using new legal and medical terms. 

And  much as I am horrified by abortion, I am not sure --  as a student of history – that  Americans should give up the right to abortion.

I am also not convinced that all of those advocating anti-abortion positions in the public sphere are necessarily practical or sincere. I have not heard convincing arguments put forth by anti-abortion politicians as to how Americans could be forced to give birth to children that Americans do not want to bear.  And more to the point, I have not heard  convincing arguments from these anti-abortion politicians as to how we can prevent the horror of abortion right now, given the social situations we have. (source)

I know many will question going to the Democrats, especially endorsing Hillary! for any move forward on restricting abortion. It would be tempting to think Mrs. Rice has just given in to the MSM portrayal of the prolife side as ranting and raving. However, she is known for careful research and I would counsel against taking that easy out.

We should instead, take her words to heart. What more do our prolife politicians suggest other than just banning abortion? While we should work to bring this decision back to the states, we can't stop there and just mindlessly throw legislation around, as I noted in a previous post:

For those on the side of life for the preborn, the opportunities must be acted on cautiously and with much consideration. Grasping further than wisdom would counsel, could merely result in the pendulum swinging back in the other direction at the next election. By this, I mean that we should not forget how many people have grown up under the Orwellian spin that killing the preborn is a right. We still have a media that will paint just about any abortion regulation as being extreme or find other ways to report the matter that skew perceptions against the pro-life side. Under such conditions, old habits and reflexive beliefs will be hard to dislodge and may become even more rigid if some act too impulsively and without careful deliberation.

While it is true that some states can severely restrict and perhaps even ban abortion with strong support from their residents, they should also consider several parallel actions when that time arrives. In my view, it would not only be wise, but also compassionate to also increase funding for prenatal care for the disadvantaged and provide funding to crisis pregnancy services. I wouldn't mind my taxes being raised for that and I suspect many others would feel the same.

There are pro-life Democrats and pro-choice Republicans. It isn't always as easy as simply choosing one party over another. Yes, the GOP still has a pro-life platform, but when has every Republican voted that way?

Let's think carefully about this issue and how we can move forward. For those inclined, it will take much prayer as well. But while praying, people of faith need to learn how to speak convincingly against abortion, without referencing religion. Otherwise, the idea that being pro-life is forcing religion on others, will only continue to gain strength, despite the fallacy that it is. Anne Rice clearly wants to end abortion, but one side has not given her any hope. We may disagree with her view, but it says something about those in power and speaking publicly that one as thoughtful as Anne Rice cannot see what they say as offering any real possibilities.


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