9.10.08

Democrats for Life

Don's been posting quite a bit about his stumping for Barak at his blog. Now I don't see eye to eye with him on the candidates. However, his point that it's not enough to be pro-life without a realistic plan is well taken.

There's a group of Democrats with great plan to reduce the number of abortions. Check out Democrats for Life and tell me what you think.

These good folk are not attempting to overturn Roe v. Wade. Instead they seek to suppress societal factors that encourage abortion. No matter which side of the aisle you are at, this movement deserves to be supported.

Color me a Republican for Democrats for Life.

8 comments:

  1. I'm pleased to see that there are people (in both parties) that can say, "Hey, I agree with the party on most things, but there are some things that are so important that I must deviate from the platform on this one." Democrats for Life looks like just such a deviation and I think it's great!

    I also like that this is a group that supports all life. Not only are they against abortion, they stand against capital punishment. Now they need to get their members elected.

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  2. Larry,

    Thanks for the post. I like this organization for the same reason given by Bryan Catherman - namely, their consistency. I recently read a book called "A Nation For All: The Catholic Vision of the Common Good." I plan to review it for an upcoming issue of the BWC. That book talked a lot about the Catholic vision of a "seamless garment" - sometimes called the Consistent Life ethic - made prominent by Cardinal Joseph Bernardin. It means, in short, taking the side of life in the areas of abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, and economic justice. (Sometimes "just war theory" is included with this list.) The forward to "A Common Good" was written by Bob Casey, a pro-life Democrat from Pennsylvania.

    I'm not a registered Democrat, though I plan to vote this year for the Democratic candidate for president. Still, I'm glad to know that this organization is out there, shaping the debate.

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  3. Larry,

    Thanks for posting this link. I will dig into more. As I stated here publicly, I went indie. It's nice to see a group like this. If only Republicans had the same type of group...

    Speaking of Don's blogging, anyhow know how to get an RSS feed of his blog? I'm pissed that I missed him at Eastern University yesterday. It's only an hour from me.

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  5. There's also a group called "Feminists for Life." I'm glad that we are finally unbundling issues from political parties. Richard Cizick, vice chair of the National Association of Evangelicals, is a big environmentalist. He said, "to be theologically consistent you might have to be politically inconsistent."

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  6. Susan,

    I really like what I've heard about Feminists for Life. I've mentioned before on this blog that one person I really admire is Martin Sheen, the actor and activist. He was named the one of the Feminists for Life Men of the Year for his work in the pro-life movement. It also cited his work opposing capital punishment, racism, and militarism, especially in Central America.

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  7. bryan catherman said: "Now they need to get their members elected."

    Problem is the Democrats only recently have relented on their "You must be pro-choice to get DNC funding stand." Even then you can't take a Bob Casey, Sr style stance on abortion--you still have to toe the party line on a lot of issues.

    Their website used to have a copy of the 1992 speech Bob Casey, Sr (the deceased, ardently prolife Bob Casey) wanted to give at the 1992 Convention. It was truly inspring. Too bad they don't have it on there anymore... it was a no holds barred, "IF we really are the party of protecting the helpless, how can we not protect the unborn" type thing.


    Problem is, Bill Clinton and James Carville decided that they'd garner more votes by being THE party of the pro-choicers, and took all that money from NARAL and PP and ran with it... and told Bob he wasn't welcome.

    Funny thing, Casey was unstoppable in PA. I lived there during his re-election campaign in 1990, and he won over 70% of the vote against a pro-choice Republican (calling it a whooping would be kind).

    Too bad what we're left to chose from (for the most part) is a bunch of less-than-ideal options. (Even Jr. isn't quite of the mold of his father...)

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  8. I agree, DrRob, on your assessment of Gov. Casey and the new DNC stand in the 90s. Gov Casey was an excellent governor, and if the Democratic party was more like him, I could identify with a party once again. Casey was unstoppable for very good reason - he invested in this commonwealth and took the people seriously. (Not so true of our current governor.)

    I think it's difficult to expect Bob Casey, Jr to live in his dad's shadow. But he is doing an adequate job so far. And he had the benefit of great timing. Santorum had no chance in 2006, but Casey would have had no chance against Santorum in 2000.

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