This is the part of her piece that really spoke to me, but read all of Alicia’s piece:
I happen to hold the same values as our president, but perhaps I am a little more cynical in that I don’t believe many of those on the religious right should have had so much influence on the political scene. As much as I am anti-abortion, I also realize that many Americans do not have the strength of character to recognize the humanity of the unborn when it is inconvenient. Demanding litmus tests of potential candidates is self-defeating, and may explain why Republicans come up with so many weak performers on the campaign trail. This is not to suggest that the GOP recruit more moderates. The fact is that Republican moderates are simply liberal Democrats who don’t want their taxes raised.
I’m saying that until we work at changing the hearts and minds of people by helping the women in crisis pregnancies ourselves, expending so much energy on effecting legislative change is a waste of valuable time. The most dangerous place for a child in America is indeed in its mother’s womb, but most people don’t care.
Also, most Americans don’t want politicians to tell them how to live their lives. They have their rabbis, priests, and ministers to help guide them.
Sadly, I’m realizing more and more that Alicia is absolutely right about the American people’s view of unborn babies. It appears that even most of those who call themselves Republicans just don’t care that much about them, unless it’s their own unborn baby, of course. Then they care.
Update: Adam at Adam’s Blog admonishes those of us who are pro-life to keep our chins up and to not become discouraged:
While it’s natural to be depressed, this isn’t logical. I think many Republicans feign concern like Democrats feign caring about a woman’s right to choose, but I’ve been involved this abortion issue for 15 years and since Roe, America has never been more pro-life. We’re winning hearts and minds and we’ll continue to as long as we don’t give up and listen to defeatists.
I did get a bit wobbly there, didn’t I, Adam? Thank you for the reminder that the pro-life community is succeeding in its goals.