Roundup: Michael Steele Finds Room in His Tent for Pro-Choice Republicans


Mike Huckabee remains coy about his intentions for the next Presidential campaign, but he nonetheless played the politician/campaigner at the “Values Voter Summit” this past weekend in Washington, DC.  The New York Times reports:

The politician-turned-pundit delivered a hard-hitting attack at the
summit, sponsored by the socially conservative Family Research Council,
knocking President Obama and Democrats on reliably social conservative
issues like abortion. But Mr. Huckabee, who now is the host of a show
on Fox News, also addressed hot-button issues like health care, the
economy and the president’s recent decision on the missile shield.

Meanwhile, Michael Steele apparently has stated he would welcome pro-choice Republicans into the party…..leaving the conservative blog Intellectual Conservative to ask “what’s next, gun control advocates?”

The report states:

In a September 3rd interview, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele told a surprised Columbus Dispatch reporter that he would lead the charge of pro-abortion GOP candidates if abortion is a value in their community. Columbus Dispatch Senior Editor Joe Hallett asked Steele “if there is room in the party for a pro-abortion rights candidate…”

Hallett quoted Steele’s reply:

“There absolutely is, there absolutely is… The key thing right
now-and I think this is true for Republicans across the country-is to
have leadership that reflects the communities I live in, where we’re
from. As we get ready for the battles that lie ahead from this district
to all the districts surrounding the state, that you’re going to find
those candidates emerge and rise up who reflect those values in those
communities, and that’s a very important step for the party to take, I
think, and I’m looking forward to help lead that charge in the future.”

Do these “communities” include the community of women?

The Associated Press reports that the Department of Health and Human Services has given South Dakota a grant to facilitate adoption of children in foster care.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded
$112,800 to South Dakota as incentive reward for increasing the number
of children adopted from foster care.

The Adoption Incentives program was created in 1997 and provides
payments to states that increase the number of children adopted
relative to baseline data.

Incentives increase if states increase the adoption rates for older children and special needs children.

OTHER NEWS:

SEPTEMBER 21

Catholic Exchange: Leading Pro-Life Group Discouraged by White House Meeting on Abortion

Jamaica Observer: WAITING ‘TIL THE MORNING AFTER

Thefacts.com: Pro-life group plans ‘40 Days’ kickoff rally

Durango Herald: Bayfield teens bring birth control, health message to Denver

Dayton Daily News: Area abortion foes join 40 Days for Life effort

Washington Times: Is abortion health care, or is it not?

MNDaily.com: Response to “On-campus anti-abortion exhibition”

LifeNews: Pro-Life News: Spain, Michigan, Essay, Fertiltiy Clinic, Japan, Tennessee, Population

LifeNews: Pro-Life News: Huckabee, Obama, Abortion, Conscience, Rationing, Arizona

Cyprus Mail: Family planning campaign targets youth

SEPTEMBER 20

New Haven Register: LETTER: Don’t neglect women’s health in reform talk

Courier Press: Ellsworth enters abortion fray | POLL | PDF

Feministe: Dumb or Dishonest?

Inside Vandy: Birth control does not equal abortion

The Bulletin: Obama Nominates Outspoken Abortion Supporter To Legal Post

The Bulletin: Pro-Life Activism Adapting And Thriving

Peace FM Online: Family Planning Centres Are Not Youth Friendly

LA Times: Chinese babies stolen by officials for foreign adoption

Women’s ENews: Obama Fuels Battle Over Funds for Abortion

Times of Malta: Catholic, pro-life, pro-Obama

Napa Register: Make family planning a health care priority

Mooresville Tribune: Citizens turn out to raise money for Pregnancy Resource Center

LA Times: A young Chinese girl pines for her twin

Boston Globe: What is Pagliuca’s political identity?

Times Online: Call for more babies as China turns to grey

AP: Huckabee is tops in conservatives’ straw vote

WaPo: Issues of Perception Try McDonnell’s Alma Mater

Argus Press: Protesters descend on Planned Parenthood

SEPTEMBER 19

GetReligion.org: Waldman: Why the bishops matter

Operation Rescue: Carhart Changes His Story Again About Resuming Abortions In Kansas

Kearney Hub: Life Choices counseling center becomes clinic, allowing pregnant woman to see baby before making decisions

AP: SD receives adoption incentive funds

Optimum Population Blog: Population: the forgotten priority

Examiner: Teen birth rates higher in religious states – – more evidence favoring comprehensive sex education

HuffPo: Robert McCain Fine With Pregnancy Among Religious Teens — Just Not Minority Teens

Reuters: Anti-abortion rights activists target “personhood” amendments

Alternet: Can Condoms Save Us from Climate Change?

Congress Matters: The Catholic Church, Private Insurance and Abortion

LoHud: Why be ashamed of ‘pro-life’ label?

Manila Bulletin: Presidential candidates lauded for supporting RH measure

Freep: U.S. rules delay adoptions

Scarborough Evening News: Contraception campaign is launched

WaPo: Praying for Glenn Beck

PhilStar: Bishops asked to stop distorting truth on reproductive health bill

SEPTEMBER 18

LifeSiteNews: Countdown: Fall 2009 40 Days for Life Campaign Begins Wednesday

Oregon Live: Boosting contraception would fight climate change, medical journal says

Our Bodies, Ourselves: The Debate over Climate Change and Reproductive Health

NYTimes: Huckabee Revs Up Conservative Crowd

LifeSiteNews: Mexican State of Oaxaca Becomes Sixteenth to Pass Pro-Life Constitutional Amendment

LifeNews: Dominican Republic Includes Pro-Life Language on Abortion in Constitution Bill

LifeNews: Pro-Life Catholics Express Skepticism About Notre Dame President’s Overtures

Jurist: Spain Council of State approves proposed abortion reforms

Intellectual Conservative: RNC Chairman Steele Welcoming Pro-Abortion Candidates to GOP

CQ News: More Abortions Likely Under Obama Health Plan, Conservatives Say

LifeNews: South Dakota Appeals Ruling Denying Women Abortion-Suicide Link Information

Washington College Elm: Letter: Abortion Debate Deserves more than a “Quick Fix”

SEPTEMBER 17
Oregon Live: From Sharpsburg to abortion

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