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October 12, 2007 / compassioninpolitics

Can Common Ground be found on Abortion?

A recent Newsweek article on the convergence between evangelicals and progressives focuses on policy specifics on the abortion issue. Newsweek interviewed Reverend Joel Hunter a nationally prominent evangelical:

Why are you endorsing the efforts of progressive groups, like Third Way, which are pro-choice, if you are a conservative on the pro-life question?

Because there is emerging, out of the evangelical movement, a desire to make progress, even if we don’t get it 100 percent our way. I think you are seeing that there is now more of an openness to work toward real, practical solutions that will at least reduce the number of abortions in the country. Bills like [the Reducing the Need for Abortions and Supporting Parents Act, introduced by a pro-life congressman and pro-choice congresswoman, with input from Third Way] support women who decide to carry their baby to term. For a pro-life person like myself that means one more baby gets to live. For the pro-choice movement that means one more woman gets supported in her decision. We’re both reaching our goals without compromising our ideals. What the Third Way does, and what attracts me as an evangelical, is that they are the kind of think tank that can do the research and work on legislative goals to offer solutions evangelicals can get on board with. In recent years all you’ve been hearing from both sides is “This is where we stand.” And so nothing gets done.

If you’re interested in seven specific common grounds strategies on Abortion, you can check here.

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  1. Jon / Oct 15 2007 8:09 pm

    This is interesting. This is like conceding with the Nazis that progress is made if they kill 7 million instead of 8 million jews.

  2. compassioninpolitics / Oct 16 2007 6:13 pm

    First, we’re called to love the enemy, whether that be the terrorist or the Nazi.

    Second, thats 1 million not dead in my book. So, the compromise position means on net more people live AND more emotionally ravaged girls are comforted and helped. For me, that seems like a shelter for the weak.

  3. compassioninpolitics / Oct 16 2007 6:17 pm

    Here’s a more appropriate analogy. You are an unarmed German citizen. You can try to resist the German military physically and die on a Nazi bullet or you can save a million jews by providing them shelter in your house. Option 2 seems more Jesus like to me.

    Our access to levers of power in the case of the Supreme Court is rather complex. So saying we are unarmed, is not particuarly far from the truth.

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