7/25/2009—my old friend Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn, is doing a real service to the nation for her work on the “common ground on abortion” legislation, along with Tim Ryan, D-Ohio. The bill combines proposals to prevent pregnancies with support for women who want to carry their pregnancies to term. The bill is allowing people who have not even spoken to each other for years, to work together. All this is very much to the good. The tendency to demonize political opponents is one of the reasons that our politics is broken. This bill is a start in the other direction. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops opposes the bill not because of abortion but because the bill promotes contraception. That position probably lacks much support even in the rest of the pro-life community.
That said, the terminology around this effort is misleading. The bill is not about abortion. The bill is an attempt to find common ground on everything but abortion. About abortion itself, supporters of the bill just have to agree to disagree.
The fundamental question is still, when does human life begin? In the last few weeks, I have seen two pretty amazing sonograms. That technology is rapidly improving and those pictures were certainly pictures of a baby.