The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the President is attempting to make good on his campaign promise to find common ground on the issue of abortion. In an effort to do so, he has invited a purported cross-section of experts for and against to come to the White House for talks.
Kudos. We like the idea. Not sure of the result, but discussions are always valuable and the President is to be commended. At least to a point.
The problem, however, is who are the voices invited to the table? More to the point, who is NOT invited?
According to the report, the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) and the National Organization of Women (NOW) are at the table, but not the largest pro-life action group in the country: National Right to Life
Observe the following colloquy from the WSJ:
“If you hear all points of view it makes for better policy,” said Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, another participant in the discussions.
Another participant, Kim Gandy, president of the National Organization for Women, was skeptical that the effort could reduce tension around the abortion fight.
“There will still be women who need abortion and still groups trying very hard to prevent access to that right,” she said. She is fine with the president reaching out to the other side, she said, as long as his policies continue to support the abortion-rights agenda.
At least one of the loudest voices in the abortion debate wasn’t in the room. Douglas Johnson, legislative director of National Right to Life, said he wasn’t invited to participate.
He said that Mr. Obama’s policies on funding and other matters will inevitably lead to more abortions.
What a great opportunity lost.
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