Tuesday, June 08, 2004

A very good thought-provoking set of articles appears in the latest issue of Sojourners, which has the following cover:



The issue has a long article by Heidi Schlumpf, managing editor of U.S. Catholic magazine, and a shorter piece by Sojourners editor-in-chief Jim Wallis. Both lament the Democratic Party's abortion litmus test (one that makes the Republicans look downright liberal) as well as argue that the truly progressive position is a pro-life one.
[Jennifer Roth, a 31-year-old systems administrator and "swing voter"] is a self-described liberal on nearly all issues except one: Abortion. It�s a view that she�and countless other "pro-life progressives"�finds entirely consistent. "In my view liberalism is all about looking out for the little guy, the people who don�t have power, money, or protection," she says.

But where does that leave her when it comes to the political process? Well, left out . . .

Being a fully pro-life candidate, according to Allio and others, doesn�t mean just promising to work to make abortion illegal, supporting laws against certain procedures, or pledging to pack the Supreme Court to one day overturn Roe vs. Wade. (And for some, it means using methods other than legal sanctions to reduce abortions.) While some pro-life politicians take the so-called "seamless garment" approach, adding assisted suicide, the death penalty, and perhaps stem-cell research to the abortion issue, progressive pro-lifers tend to see the issue even more broadly than that.

"To be pro-life means also to work to eradicate poverty, to provide universal health care, to provide affordable housing, to be consistent on war and peace," says Allio, whose office works on precisely those issues. . . .

"The Democrats have really sold out. They have no credibility on the pro-life issue," says Ebener of Davenport, who like many regrets that the party that pledges to protect the little guy doesn�t include the littlest of all�the unborn.
I suspect we won't see Political Animal or Daily Kos blogging these articles.

1 Comments:

At 3:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To be pro-life means also to work to eradicate poverty, to provide universal health care, to provide affordable housing, to be consistent on war and peace," says Allio, whose office works on precisely those issues.Indeed, but until pro-life progressives put into place the social support for raising the unborn that they don't want aborted, removing abortion as a choice is rather putting the cart before the horse.

-Patrick (G)

 

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