Posts Tagged ‘Common Ground Politics’

In questo articolo si annota come la posizione di Obama sul problema aborto sia implicitamente più Pro Life che Pro Choice, proprio perchè favorevole alla riduzione degli aborti. Non si chiede di ridurre un fenomeno se non lo si giudica negativamente. E’ questa la vera novità nel dibattito USA sul fenomeno. Ed il fatto che sia giunto a questo articolo tramite il National Catholic Register, ovvero l’alter ego conservatore del National Catholic Reporter, la dice lunga su come questo giudizio possa cambiare molto nel dibattito.GR_PR_GodandCountry594

Can Obama Work to Reduce Abortion Demand Without Judging Morality of Abortion?

June 10, 2009 03:46 PM ET | Dan Gilgoff

By Dan Gilgoff, God & Country

As it has met with dozens of abortion-rights supporters and opponents in recent weeks to collect ideas for a “common ground” approach on abortion and related reproductive issues, the Obama administration has emphasized that it intends to avoid influencing women’s decisions about whether or not to have an abortion. (altro…)

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L`articolo è un ampio stralcio del discorso che il presidente americano ha tenuto domenica scorsa all`Università di Notre Dame nell`Indiana.

Da tenere in considerazione, nella lettura, il fatto che il discorso era rivolto agli studenti – altrimenti alcuni riferimenti non si spiegano (nota mia).

La vostra generazione, giovani laureati dell`Università di Notre Dame, entra nel mondo adulto in un momento di grande rilevanza per la nostra nazione e per il pianeta: uno di quei rari punti di svolta nella storia, dove le dimensioni e la portata delle sfide che ci troviamo ad affrontare ci impongono di fare in modo che il nostro mondo rinnovi la sua promessa. (altro…)

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As Roman Catholic Bishop Blase Cupich of South Dakota cautioned his fellow bishops at a national meeting, a “prophecy of denunciation quickly wears thin.” Religioucacgs Americans can maintain a prophetic spirit that speaks truth to power while at the same time engaging in dialogue and responding pragmatically to social and political realities. (…) choice without responsibility is a false freedom. In an instant-gratification culture that objectifies women and divorces sex from loving relationships, pro-choice advocates can also acknowledge that cultivating greater reverence for the dignity of sexual intimacy is as important as promoting contraception. It’s also a mistake to dismiss all pro-lifers as reactionary fundamentalists aligned with conservative political orthodoxy. This only perpetuates stereotypes, … and alienates the majority of religious Americans who recognize that the moral wisdom of faith traditions defies easy political labels.

What Makes Liberals and Conservatives Angry?Abortion Reduction

by John Gehring and Simone Campbell  March 25-2009

in http://blog.sojo.net/

When both the Left and Right begin sharpening their knives, it means you are on to something. This new threat raising the hackles of liberals and conservatives still hunkered down in culture-war bunkers? It’s a movement focused on comprehensive strategies to reduce abortions by providing economic supports for vulnerable women and preventing unintended pregnancies. A chorus of critics across the ideological spectrum has lined up to malign these common-ground efforts with all the righteous zeal of those who make the perfect the enemy of the good.

Liberal bloggers slam Catholics and evangelicals working on this approach as radical “anti-choice” hardliners cozying up to the Religious Right. Religious conservatives denounce the effort as a betrayal of faith and question research that finds abortions decline when women have quality health care and access to robust social services. The National Right to Life Committee starkly dismisses common ground on abortion as the “burial ground.” The Pro-Life Action League mocks it as a “sellout.” (altro…)

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Questo articolo di Francesco Riccardi su Avvenire è sorprendentemente vicino nella analisi alle posizioni Common Ground dei gruppi religiosi pro-Obama. Vedi altrove in questo blog.logoavvenire
25 Marzo 2009
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La crisi spaventa e fa lievitare le richieste di aborto

I dati raccolti nei Centri di aiuto alla vita con­fermano quella che la settimana scorsa si e­ra affacciata come una drammatica ipotesi: le richieste di aborto negli ultimi mesi stanno au­mentando a causa della crisi economica. Pre­carietà del lavoro, incertezza rispetto al futuro e impoverimento progressivo stanno inducen­do infatti un numero maggiore di donne – ita­liane e straniere – a chiedere un aiuto econo­mico o addirittura a rinunciare alla gravidanza. (altro…)

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Dove si invitano i vescovi USA a seguire l’esempio di quelli italiani che rifiutarono l’appoggio alla lista religionandpoliticslargeanti-aborto di Ferrara perchè ghettizzante del tema e perchè presupponeva un ghetto dei “buoni” contro i “cattivi”.

Last spring, when Italy (where abortion is legal and state-subsidized) was having yet another national election, some politicians put together a list of “pro-life” candidates and asked for the church’s endorsement. The Italian bishops conference, in their magazine, Avvenire, was having no part of it. Their spokesperson said: “The initiative of a list on abortion, beyond its noble intent, mistakenly brings a moral theme to an electoral competition. It’s as if it were a list of ‘pure people,’ of ‘champions,’ of ‘specialists.’ It carries a grave risk of extremism, of ghettoization of one part of the Catholic world on such a sensitive issue.”

Would that all our American bishops were as wise.

NCR Commentary: The Republican captivity

By Nicholas P. Cafardi – Published: November 25, 2008 – Published on National Catholic Reporter

In their long history, the People of God have seen many captivities, both literal and figurative: the Babylonian Captivity; the Constantinian Captivity, the Carolingian Captivity, the Holy Roman Empire Captivity, the Avignon Captivity. In each of these situations, civil authorities captured God’s people and used them for their own advantage. One would think that history has seen enough of such “captivities,” and that the church, having learned from this history, would be wary of it ever happening again.

What then explains the current captivity, perhaps more figurative than literal, of the Catholic church in America by the Republican Party? (altro…)

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down_syndromeUn articolo dal Guardian nota che al migliorare delle condizioni di accoglienza ed integrazione, nonostante l’aumento dell’utilizzo degli strumenti di diagnosi prenatale, sono aumentati i bambini nati con sindrome di Down (o bisognerebbe dire i bambini lasciati consapevolmente nascere nonostante le diagnosi prenatali).

Allora dove sta il punto? Forse sta proprio nel fatto che se tutta la comunità se ne fa carico, i disabili diventano improvvisamente degni di esistere e non esseri da eliminare, indegni della vita.

Ovvero, il punto non sta in loro ma in noi-“normali”.

Stesso argomento su Avvenire 28/11/2008


More babies with Down’s syndrome born as attitudes change
Facilities in mainstream schools mean diagnosed children have brighter futures than 20 years ago

* Sadie Gray and agencies
* guardian.co.uk, Monday November 24 2008 10.08 GMT

More babies with Down’s syndrome are being born today than before pre-natal testing became widespread, as perceptions of the condition change.

In 1989, the year screening was widely introduced in the UK, 717 babies with Down’s syndrome were born. In 2006, the last year for which figures are available, 749 were born.

The numbers had fallen in the years following the introduction of testing, to 594 in 2000. (altro…)

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the activists are pushing for the passage of legislation that would increase funding for social cacgnoprob_logoservices for pregnant women, such as low-cost health care and day care; provide grants at colleges for pregnant women and new mothers’ education; and set up maternity group homes. (…)

“There are certain things that we probably all can support, and then there are other things that we’re going to disagree about, and you find common ground on what you can, and then you have a political battle on your other issues,” said Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners.

Some Abortion Foes Shifting Focus From Ban to Reduction

By Jacqueline L. Salmon, Washington Post Staff Writer, Tuesday, November 18, 2008; A01

Frustrated by the failure to overturn Roe v. Wade, a growing number of antiabortion pastors, conservative academics and activists are setting aside efforts to outlaw abortion and instead are focusing on building social programs and developing other assistance for pregnant women to reduce the number of abortions.

Some of the activists are actually working with abortion rights advocates to push for legislation in Congress that would provide pregnant women with health care, child care and money for education — services that could encourage them to continue their pregnancies. (altro…)

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