Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Quick and Quippy: The Candidates on Abortion

In Saturday’s Saddleback Civil Forum, it came as no surprise that when asked, John McCain said that life begins “at the moment of conception.” It was, however, that Obama, usually so eloquent and outspoken, avoided a direct answer to Rev. Rick Warren’s question. Warren’s question was obviously biased—“At what point does a baby get human rights?”—but Obama stuttered through his answer and mumbled that it was “above my pay grade.” He then explained how he wanted to find “common ground” with pro-lifers, which likely related to the evangelical, conservative audience. Many liberals, including myself, wish Obama had stated his pro-choice beliefs up front instead of deflecting an important question. While I know that Obama has a 100% pro-choice record, I’m still waiting for a smart articulate politician to use opportunities like this to re-frame the abortion debate. Conservatives have held onto this false sense of moral authority for entirely too long. Reproductive rights are a human rights issue for women and children everywhere and I would love for politicians, the media, and even the general public to start acknowledging it. . Samhita at Feministing has a great blog post about the issue. Check out The Washington Post for more details.

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