As a regular columnist for On Common Ground, I'm glad and grateful for the opportunity to foster reciprocal understanding and cooperative dialogue. But have we?
If he truly merited the term “pro-lifer,” Randall Terry would condemn violence against abortion providers as an act of immense disrespect for life and pledge to take action against it. While disagreeing with pro-choicers, he would refuse to demonize them.
As a prolifer, I recognize another dimension of my belief is to guarantee maternity care for all; something that concerns pro-choicers, too, for different but often overlapping reasons.
Pro-lifers and pro-choicers in the U.S. are bickering over whose side has the most martyrs and whose has the most blood on its hands. Yet, there are ways both sides can respond together to help stop the abortion war killings.
As a longtime pro contraception prolifer, I cannot stay quiet about Rep. Tim Ryan's expulsion as a Democrats for Life of America advisory board member. This brouhaha shows up some rather severe but instructive barriers to common ground.
Prolifers and prochoicers will differ on how much they can relate to early feminist views on abortion. Yet, both can lay claim to their analysis of the societal problems implicated in unintended pregnancy and abortion, and their solutions.