by Carder
Thumbnail image for rev_veazey.jpgNot all pro-choicers are embracing President Obama’s call for “common ground.” The Rev. Dr. Carlton Veazey, president of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, laments in RH Reality Check whether common ground is merely code for appeasement:

My experience of 13 years in the pro-choice movement is that “common ground” has become another term for compromise on reproductive choice. In other words, achieving common ground will be accomplished by diminishing the ability of women to make decisions about abortion, whatever the personal cost. That’s unacceptable.
It’s unacceptable for even one woman to suffer in order for opponents of abortion to be appeased….

In our democracy, we believe in standing up for the rights of the disenfranchised, the vulnerable, those without power; we don’t compromise them away. We should not sacrifice women’s lives in the service of calming controversy and tempering anger over an issue that has become political.
When I, a pro-choice Christian pastor, counsel a woman about abortion, I try to help her search for the decision that is right for her and, if she wishes, others in her life. Her decision is private and individual, a matter of conscience, personal circumstances that she knows best, and medical facts that only she and her doctor know. The last thing on my mind is “common ground.”

Relax, Pastor. If you knew Obama like we know Obama – if you paid attention to his actions, not his words – you’d know common ground is actually the last thing on his mind.
The President has not most certainly not “compromise[d].” He may have duped gullible “Catholics” like Professor Doug Kmiec or Fr. John Jenkins, but the growth you may have noted in our side’s determination has not been due to the President’s attempted conciliatory aura but rather from his abortion extremism.
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