“Everyone”? Well, not exactly, but only if you think for more than a few seconds about human biology and the consequences of abortion. The White House put out this statement today hailing Roe v Wade on its 41st anniversary:
Statement by President Obama on 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade: pic.twitter.com/0BZVyZ4ZYQ
— Kori Schulman (@ks44) January 22, 2014
Today, as we reflect on the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, we recommit ourselves to the decision’s guiding principle: that every woman should be able to make her own choices about her body and her health. We reaffirm our steadfast commitment to protecting a woman’s access to safe, affordable health care and her constitutional right to privacy, including the right to reproductive freedom. And we resolve to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies, support maternal and child health, and continue to build safe and healthy communities for all our children. Because this is a country where everyone deserves the same freedom and opportunities to fulfill their dreams.
I beg to differ on behalf of the 55 million whose opportunities for freedom and dreams got sucked out of existence when the same thing happened to them. The core value of the freedom to life was denied those millions of victims. Abortion is literally the antithesis of that final sentence, and a horrid parody of reality for “all our children.”
The Hill reports that Republicans plan to make this an issue for the midterms:
On Tuesday, CNN reported that some members of the GOP plan to introduce a resolution at this week’s meeting of the Republican National Committee encouraging Republican candidates to discuss abortion openly.
“The Republican National Committee urges all Republican pro-life candidates, consultants, and other national Republican Political Action Committees to reject a strategy of silence on the abortion issue when candidates are attacked with ‘war on women’ rhetoric,” the resolution reads.
Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) also noted the anniversary in a fundraising email to supporters on Wednesday.
“I am proud to have fought (and will continue fighting) for pro-life legislation in Congress. However, like most of the legislation my fellow conservative House members and I pass, the U.S. Senate blocks those bills from becoming law,” Cotton, who is challenging Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark), wrote. “This is just another reason we need to take back the Senate from Harry Reid and President Obama’s other close allies.”
That strategy requires political candidates who can discuss the subject intelligently. We’ve seen what happens when Republicans attempt to “wing it” during interviews, and the media will be as anxious as ever to cast the GOP as “extreme” on abortion. No doubt demagogues like Andrew Cuomo will be delighted to assist, too.
If the RNC really wants to put this issue on the table for 2014, then it had better plan for those eventualities. (They did postpone their winter meeting to allow Republicans on Capitol Hill to participate in March for Life demonstrations today.) The RNC consists in large part of officers from state parties, who should know the candidates who will try to unseat Democratic incumbents, and GOP incumbents whose rhetoric needs polishing. Hold some seminars to accomplish that, and perhaps Republicans can leverage the majority who want to see more restrictions on abortion and expose Democrats as abortion-on-demand advocates to demonstrate the real extremism on this issue.