Monday, October 31, 2005

Blouin, "making life better for women and children..."

Mike Blouin attempts to finesse his pro-life stance in a pro-choice party, as reported in the October 28, 2005 DMR

"I start from the premise that Roe v. Wade is the law of the land," Blouin said mentioning the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that overturned state laws against abortion. "I want to concentrate on making life better for women and children so that that the demand and need and cause of abortion gradually disappears."

He said he believes changes to the Supreme Court will not result in overturning the controversial decision and Blouin would not say what he would do if the state Legislature presented him with new restrictions.

"To enter into speculation ... accomplishes nothing," he said.

I’ll just complete that last thought on Mr. Blouin’s behalf …

for my gubernatorial campaign.
This is not an issue a politician can evade, you are either pro-life or pro-choice and you stick to your beliefs with a real commitment to act on policy that advances those beliefs.

The politics are clearly drawn.

The NARAL pro-choice statement (edited for length)…

To develop and sustain a constituency that uses the political process to guarantee every woman the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. ...

The National Right to Life pro-life statement (edited for length) …

…The ultimate goal of the National Right to Life Committee is to restore legal protection to innocent human life. The primary interest of the National Right to Life Committee and its members has been the abortion controversy; however, it is also concerned with related matters of medical ethics which relate to the right to life issues of euthanasia and infanticide. The Committee does not have a position on issues such as contraception, sex education, capital punishment, and national defense. …
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops statement acknowledging the thirtieth anniversary of Roe V. Wade (edited for length)…

... Each year, for thirty years, pro-life Americans have shown that their commitment will not waver, their efforts will not cease. Our firm conviction as Catholics that "life must be protected with the utmost care from the moment of conception" (Second Vatican Council's Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, no. 51) has been a part of the Church's constant witness since the Apostolic age and has inspired millions to defend human life at every stage. Against the backdrop of a society in which many institutions of influence endorse legal abortion, the pro-life movement has grown year by year, in numbers and in vitality. …

… In the United States abortion is legal throughout pregnancy. Yet abortion is a violation of human rights incomparable in magnitude and an atrocity for the whole human family. While Roe v. Wade appeared to create a right with some limitations, Doe v. Bolton, which was decided the same day, erased those limitations by creating a "health" exception so broad that it effectively allows abortion for any reason at any time.2 The lack of any limits to legal abortion was never more clear than in the case of Stenberg v. Carhart in 2000, when the Supreme Court ruled that even the horrific partial-birth abortion procedure could not be restricted. Most Americans are surprised and shocked to learn about the lack of any meaningful legal limitations for abortion. Most know things have gone too far.3 Together with those from many other faith communities, we work to bring about a society that recognizes abortion for what it truly is. …

Roe v. Wade cannot stand as the law of this great nation, a nation founded on the self-evident truth that all people are created with an inalienable right to life. We are committed, no matter how long it may take, no matter the sacrifices required, to bringing about a reversal of this tragic Supreme Court decision. We will speak out on behalf of the sanctity of each and every human life wherever it is threatened, from conception to natural death, and we urge all people of good will to do likewise. For, as Pope John Paul II reminds us, "it is impossible to further the common good without acknowledging and defending the right to life, upon which all the other inalienable rights of individuals are founded and from which they develop" (The Gospel of Life, no. 101). Roe v. Wade must be reversed.
It is difficult to see how Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Blouin is going to avoid a serious discussion on the politics of life. This is particularly true as he is a Deacon in the Catholic Church, which suggests that he values and respects the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Blouin makes breezy comments on wanting to make life better for women and children with the direct implication that a discussion of his pro-life values is not related to this particular goal. However, many see this flip dismissal on the issue of his pro-life stance as a comment as to how much he really values women and children.

The Democrats have an estimated 340,500 registered women voters that the party hopes to inspire to action in the 2006 election. Therefore, any candidate interested in this vote had better understand that if it matters to women, you had better want to talk about it. And so far, on his pro-life stance, Blouin is not interested in having that conversation.

Blouin is being a coward. His religion and his political party hold opposing views on abortion. He can't satisfy them both. He's going to have to pick. I'll grant that it's a tuogh choice for someone who wants to be governor, but it's a choice you have to make when you hold yourself out as a candidate for office. Iowa deserves to know what he would do as governor. It's not speculation and it accomplishes something: the education of Iowa voters. Out with it already, Mike.
I just can't see how Blouin is going to mold the abortion question into a positive. Patty Judge's campaign has done and outstanding job of putting out the facts on Blouin's Pro-life record. It is hard to live down sponsoring a Constitutional Amendment to ban abortion if you are a Democrat.
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