Friday, September 7, 2012

Pro-life? Not Romney

My op-ed on the state of the abortion question in this election is up at the Connecticut Post website, under the title, "'Pro-life' should mean all life."
In other words, the decision to allow an exception for rape reveals that this "pro-life" stance is not about "life" at all: judging women is the first commitment here. For Mitt Romney, the pregnant victim of rape deserves a safe and supported abortion; because the woman is innocent, the value of the child is suddenly negotiable. All other women (the forgetful, the guilty, the careless, the clueless) should carry their children to term, or be humiliated as they approach the clinic, or bear the risk of the back alley -- for the daughters of the wealthy, regardless of the law, there will always be quiet options -- because we are "pro-life..."
See also comments by Democrats for Life member Stephen Schneck, summarized by Vincent Miller at the America blog, "Schneck hits a nerve on abortion."

Schneck, the Director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at The Catholic University of America, will deliver a lecture at Fairfield University on Thursday, October 25th at 8 pm in the DSB Dining Room, titled "American Catholic Citizenship: 2012."