Friday, September 15, 2006

Creating Common Ground

Yesterday, a pro-life Congressional Representative from Ohio and a pro-choice Congressional Representative from my home state of Connecticut introduced a new bill titled "Reducing the Need for Abortion and Supporting Parents Act."

It calls for increased funding for prenatal care, Title X family planning services, teenage pregnancy prevention services, and sexuality education programs that include abstinence and prevention information.

It makes sense. It talks about reducing the need for abortions by reducing unintended pregnancies. Its proposals are based on good science and good ethics. It shows that people from differing points of view can seek common ground and work together.

And if funded, there is no question that it would reduce the need -- and therefore the numbers -- of abortions in the United States.

Why is it then that I'm guessing the Religious Right isn't going to get behind this?

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Thought for reflection over the weekend: I just read this quote by Kahil Gibran:

"Your daily life is your temple and your religion."

How well are you doing? I'm cutting it out and putting it on our refrigerator as a reminder.

1 comment:

Pam said...

This report would appear to undercut the argument that greater access to "emergency contraception" actually reduces the rate of unintended pregnancies and the resulting abortion rate.

www.kaisernetwork.org/daily_reports/rep_index.cfm?DR_ID=39853