In a recent Fox News interview, former Congresswoman Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky said of her primary opponent Brendon Bolye, “He is not pro-choice, and it is a litmus test, and he fails it.” Boyle went on to win the Democratic Primary for Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District. Her divisive comments proved not to reflect the sentiment of that district. Yet this desire to purge pro-life members from the Democratic Party continues unabated and has been a major contributing factor to the decline of the Democratic Party.
by Kevin P. Rauch
Within the past several years, there has been a surge of opposition to abortion throughout our nation. The annual March for Life has drawn hundreds of thousands of protesters and every year teenagers and young adults are disproportionately represented at these marches. New ultrasound technology produces increasingly detailed images of fetal development within the womb. In addition, a variety of new restrictions on abortions that are supported by strong majorities of the public have been passed at the federal, state, and local level.
Democrats for Life of America (DFLA) is filing briefs in important legal proceedings involving the protection of pro-life principles. As a DFLA board member and lawyer/scholar involved with those briefs, let me tell you what we’re accomplishing with these filings.
From my article in the Washington Post: “For pro-life activists, was Pope Francis’ interview disappointing? Not for those of us who believe the protection of life requires more than opposition to legal abortion. To really stand for life means opposing the direct and indirect threats to life posed by inadequate healthcare, poverty, mass atrocities, euthanasia, lack of access to clean water, and countless other injustices, in addition to abortion. And opposition to abortion itself means providing support to families, pregnant women, and children, not simply supporting laws that restrict access to abortion. Pro-life efforts are strengthened by a more balanced approach from an ally who supports human life and dignity.”
Pope Francis, it seems clearer and clearer, is a true “whole lifer.” In an interview published Thursday, he said that the Church cannot “obsess” with issuing pronouncements against abortion, but must approach that issue “in context” and must support persons “starting from their situation” and “accompany[ing] them with mercy.” He included powerful words about helping the poor. Some people—left and right—claimed he was weakening the church’s commitment to protecting the unborn among other vulnerable persons. Oops … today the Pope reemphasized that “every unborn child … has the face of the Lord” and called abortion part of a “throwaway culture” that fails to recognize that “[t]he first right of the human person is his life.” So now some people, no doubt, will go back to calling him a “right-winger.” No … he’s a true whole lifer. Hope our society can respond to his calls for protecting life at all stages, and providing the care and support that can make that possible.
By Tom Berg, DFLA Board member, law professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law (Minnesota)
Richard M. Doerflinger, USCCB: “Poverty and the hopelessness it can bring into people’s lives is a major factor in the abortion rate. In one study by the Guttmacher Institute, women on Medicaid had twice the abortion rate of other women, even in states that fund childbirth but not abortions.”
Helen M. Alvaré and Meg T. McDonnell: “Embryology, genetics, neurology, not to mention ultrasound technology — they are probably responsible for the fact that none of the abortion-rights Web sites bothers any longer to attack the humanity of the unborn child. Second, the human rights nature of the abortion debate just never gets old.”