On "Democrats, Republicans and Abortion"

In the Washington Post, Mark Stricherz and Amy Sullivan have an interesting dialogue on the abortion positions of Senators Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and John McCain.

For many Republicans and Democrats abortion is a defining issue when it comes to pressing an election touch screen for a presidential candidate. This discussion examines why some Democratic voters are conflicted, or not, on the faith-based implications of the Democratic Party's pro-choice position.

In summary of the perspectives:

  • Mark Stricherz* writes that abortion positions held by Democratic party leaders, particularly the presidential candidate groups, are contradictory to stated goals of protecting and supporting the common man and children when they ignore the rights of the weakest citizens.
  • Amy Sullivan** defends why some pro-life voters support pro-choice presidential candidates because of their positions on other issues.

* Mark Stricherz is a contributor to www.GetReligion.com and author of Why the Democrats Are Blue: Secular Liberalism and the Decline of the People's Party.

** Amy Sullivan is the national editor at Time magazine and author of The Party Faithful: How And Why Democrats Are Closing the God Gap.

To read the discussion, see http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/guestvoices/2008/04/mark_and_amy.html


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