Political pragmatism trumped principle today when President Bush approved over-the-counter distribution of the abortifacient “morning-after” pill. Despite coming to office on a wave of conservative support, including pro-lifers, Bush has maintained only an uneasy alliance with pro-life principles, alternating back and forth from approving some federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research to signing a partial-birth abortion ban. And now the pendulum has swung back.
As it stands now, especially when I look at the potential slate of 2008 presidential contenders, I wonder where the pro-lifers have gone. Are there any Ronald Reagan quality conservatives left? I know Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas is pro-life. The rest? Wishy-washy at best.
A press release by Human Life International underscored the seriousness of the move as it was titled, “President Bush Files for Divorce with Catholic Base.” Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer, president of Human Life International commented, “President Bush’s implied support for the abortion-causing drug Plan B is completely inconsistent with his recent veto of the embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) funding bill. What the president apparently fails to realize is that Plan B kills the same innocent unborn children that the ESCR process does.”
At a White House press conference this morning, the President was asked by Bill Sammon a reporter from the Washington Examiner about Plan B and his new FDA commissioner who supports its over the counter status. “Mr. President, some pro-life groups are worried that your choice of FDA Commissioner will approve over the counter sales of Plan B, a pill that, they say, essentially can cause early-term abortions,” said the reporter. “Do you stand by this choice, and how do you feel about Plan B in general?”
The President replied, “I believe that Plan B ought to be—ought to require a prescription for minors, is what I believe. And I support Andy’s decision.”
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