Doug Kmiec Speaks

First, to Peter Steinfels of the New York Times, now to America columnist Father John Kavanaugh, S.J.

Read Kmiec’s response to Father Kavanaugh’s open letter to Barack Obama here.

A sampling:

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Father Kavanaugh’s “to do list” for Senator Obama has received substantial attention. For example, Kavanaugh recommended that Senator Obama support Jim Wallis’ abortion reduction agenda that focuses on giving economic support for pregnant women and greater access to adoption. The senator did Kavanaugh one better: he sent his staff to the platform drafting table to highlight and strongly endorsed prenatal care, maternity funding, income support and greater access to adoption. Unfortunately, the Democrats’ platform continues to endorse Roe v. Wade, but at least now this tragic moral choice is not one-sided. Some have pointed out that the old language of “safe, legal and rare” is gone. Good riddance. That language had become a mindless mantra, not a tangible step that could positively incline an expectant mother to choose life. Pro-life Catholics are looking for a viable path toward abortion reduction, not a simple slogan. 

Tim Reidy

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The language that has to change is "woman's right to choose". It needs to be changed to "woman's responsibility not to choose".

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