Tuesday, October 04, 2005

There's a lot of commentary like this saying that pro-lifers shouldn't be upset about nominees like Harriett Miers who don't have a paper trail against Roe v. Wade since with the culture the way it is, that's the only way things can change.


I think there's a tendency to see the pro-life movement as a chess game where the end is to overturn Roe v. Wade. So, even if we do it by being really sneaky and tiptoeing around the opponent's defensive line, that's fine, because we would have accomplished our goal.

But our goal is bigger than that. We need to change the culture so that abortion is not only illegal, but also unthinkable.

And overturning Roe v. Wade by sneaking in a couple justices who would overturn it isn't going to be a part of the cultural change we need. Need I remind people that such a decision would not ban abortions, but only make it possible for states to make it illegal?

I know, I know -- our opponents in the culture war are more than willing to run where the fields is open and use whatever the most advantageous court is to achieve their goals. That's them.

We're right. We don't need to sneak around. Republicans have a 55-45 majority in the Senate, and a president who was elected on the margins by pro-lifers. If we can't take on the pro-choice culture now, when will we?

I don't want to see a nominee squirm and try to reveal as little as possible. I want someone who will look Diane Feinstien in the eye and tell her why Roe v. Wade is a bunch of crap. We have the soldiers for this fight. Are we willing to unleash them?

But, after last election being told in no uncertain terms that abortion is the only acceptable issue to determine one's vote, and that things like torture and wars are not so important, I am not willing to accept squishy half-measures on this issue.

It is very telling what things this Administration is willing to fight for.
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