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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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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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