Public policy on sex, sexuality and reproduction in a pluralistic society must be based on evidence, science, justice, reason and civil discourse. So when the Catholic Bishops or others throw a political tantrum, we must never reward them.
The Stupak Amendment isn’t only about trampling on women’s rights and lives, as devastating as that is. It’s also about trampling on their faith and conscience.
Pro-choice advocates abided by an agreement not to seek changes to the Hyde Amendment in health reform. Anti-choice factions broke their end of the bargain.
Today, President Obama repeated one of the most tired excuses the Democratic party has to its failure to be truly pro-choice. The famous “This is a health care bill, not an abortion bill” excuse. Mr. President: Abortion is health care. It’s women’s health care. And we need you to say that.