Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Rev. Jim Wallis Urges Obama to Add "Abortion Reduction Plank" to Democratic Party Platform

Substitute "unintended pregnancy" for "abortion" and I'd be right with this program.  It doesn't make sense to talk about reducing abortion, when unintended pregnancy is the root problem.  You could reduce abortions without reducing the rate of unintended pregnancy at all.  But what kind of a social policy is that?  Talking about reducing abortions will only fuel the demonization of abortion and the women who choose it.

2008_vote_2 Political Radar (ABC News blog):  Obama Friend Pushes for Abortion Reduction Plank:

ABC News' Teddy Davis and Gregory Wallace Report: Before the Democrats convene in Denver, the Rev. Jim Wallis plans to urge Barack Obama to go along with adding an “abortion reduction” plank to the party platform.

“Abortion reduction should be a central Democratic Party plank in this election,” Wallis told ABC News. “I’ll just say that flat out.”

Wallis, who hosted a Democratic candidates’ forum on CNN last year, discussed his plans after defending Obama against Dr. James Dobson’s charge that the Illinois Democrat distorted the traditional understanding of the Bible when he spoke to Wallis’s Sojourners group in 2006.

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I do not believe that any woman wants to stop a pregnancy, not one. This is a last resort for a woman that for a strong reason feels she cannot have that baby.

It is the most painful thing that a woman can experience: her body changes, her mood changes, and then the same body feels an emptiness where there was fullness before.

We cannot penalize more, inflict more pain and more discrimination to women who chose to stop a pregnancy--because they already suffer so much when making such choice.

We cannot have women eventually go to jail for stopping a pregnancy, we cannot blame women for making such a choice.

We cannot force a woman to bring a child to the world that she cannot welcome and give it to someone else to care for him/her.

We cannot put in peril a woman's health.

We cannot force a raped woman to have a child from such rape.

No one wants to stop a pregnancy, but sometimes things happen and a woman feels that she has no other choice.

A woman should not go to jail for stopping a pregancy

Posted by: americanvoter | Sep 2, 2008 10:11:09 PM

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