Posters who remind us that even one abortion is terrible, and that while one goal of the pro-life movement is to reduce numbers of abortions, certainly (and remember- those aren't "numbers" - they're people. "reduce numbers" = "saving lives"), another goal is to reshape the culture and law - are correct.
But this is an important issue, especially now, because I've seen Stassen's information and perspective already, in just a matter of days, pulled out and used in defense of support for a "pro-choice" candidate. A "pro-choice" candidate, who, I might add, has no interest or intention in reducing anything related to abortion, if one is to go on his record.
It's also a useful conversation to have, generally - the questions are important, even as we constantly remind ourselves that our job doesn't end with talking about it - it's only begun, and it really begins in earnest, when we've managed to actually meet pregnant women and girls where they are and offer them the help and support they need.
Kerry takes every opportunity to warn liberal voters that a Bush victory will jeopordize the "constitutional right" to abortion, but we should remember that the stakes in this election are more than the nomination of a few Justices to the Supreme Court. Besides Kerry's promise to revoke the Mexico City Policy as his first Executive Order, we should keep in mind that liberals are absolutely furious over the Bush Administration's generous financial support for crisis pregnancy centers, which assist pregnant women in finding alternatives to abortion and provide post-abortion counseling.
One can only guess what will happen to federal funding for CPC's under a militantly pro-choice, Planned-Parenthood and NARAL courting Kerry administration.
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Sen. John Kerry stands with Kate Michelman (right) President of NARAL Pro-Choice America.
Since 1995, Michelman's group has given Kerry a 100% rating for his voting record to defend abortion.