I had been a pro-choice Democrat for before Roe v Wade, but it was the callousness of the left in Illinois in response that really got me thinking. Some people stunned me with things said off-the-cuff e.g. blastocysts as parasites and so on. I'm still thinking but the debate brought me a lot closer to Nat Hentoff.
Our Gov Blagojevich finally signed the Illinois version into Law Aug 12, 2005 and almost did it in secret because it was such an obstacle to the left in Illinois. (Normally our Gov is a grand stander when it comes to signing legislation but this one was too tough.)
Tim Rutten writes this today in the LA Times on the Palin pick.
The Democrats left Denver with an abortion problem that's been given far too little attention in the mainstream media. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's inexplicably incoherent attempt to reconcile her Catholicism and pro-choice voting record on "Meet the Press" last Sunday has provoked a torrent of condemnation from bishops across the country. Some of those denunciations probably will resonate with the socially conservative, white ethnic Catholics who are disproportionately concentrated in large swing states such as Ohio and Pennsylvania.Hadley Arkes writes,
If she's adroit enough to do so, Palin can raise the abortion question with an authority no candidate for national office has ever had.In mid-April, she gave birth to her fifth child, a son she chose to deliver knowing that he would be born with Down syndrome. She told the Associated Press that she and her husband had discussed the prenatal diagnosis but that "we've both been very vocal about being pro-life. We understand that every innocent life has wonderful potential." In other words, the antiabortion camp finally has a candidate who not only talks the talk but walks the walk.
The Born-Alive Act was truly “the most modest first step” of all in legislating on abortion. Its purpose was to plant premises in the law and to break out news that the public would find jolting.Technology would force the question though without Arkes as a fetus becomse viable at earlier and earlier stages of life.
I've watched Liberals fumble this debate in Illinois and we got a taste of it with Obama's above my pay-grade-comment.
It's a hard moral issue and government has no choice but deal with it. McCain picked the perfect advocate. Obama's going to be hard pressed to respond.
UU's Palin Barbie isn't going to work. The law must draw the lines on life and death to have any meaning and ethicists need to weigh in on the moral status of life at all of its stages.