Friday, August 08, 2008

Life Links 8/8/08

Ryan Anderson has a piece in First Things on social conservatives and Mike Huckabee that is certainly worth the read.
To start with, he ran his campaign solely on religious identity politics. If Giuliani never effectively reached out to socially conservative Christians, Huckabee never effectively reached beyond them. He continually told evangelical Christian audiences to support him because he was one of them. Everyone else got the message, too.....

Rather than argue that abortion is contrary to God’s law and that we need to bring the Constitution into conformity with God’s law, social conservatives should argue that as a matter of scientific fact the child in a mother’s womb is a whole, living human being, and that as a matter of moral truth the direct killing of any peaceable human being is gravely unjust.

The New Republic has a story by Eric Zimmerman on prolife Democrats.

According to the blog of the Heath and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt, it appears a draft of regulations to protect the conscience rights of medical practitioners (which has received a hysterical response by pro-choice bloggers and organizations) was drawn up in response to an anti-conscience rights push by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Michael Novak in the National Review on left-leaning Catholics and abortion.
Despite the fact that Cardinal Ratzinger, not to mention John Paul II, forcefully reminded Catholics of their duty not to cooperate with the evil of abortion, many Catholic leftists continue to cite the same American bishops who were rebuked by the cardinal and the pope. Why, moreover, do these leftists argue from “the consistent ethic of life”? Under the flag of “consistency” they are able to put virtually every issue dear to them on the scales. The result is to downgrade the real, distinctive, sui generis evil of abortions, which are now performed at a rate of about 1.1 million a year. They put equal emphasis on capital punishment and the “unjust war in Iraq” — the very thing Cardinal Ratzinger said they cannot in good conscience do.

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