Oxymoronic group blasts Pelosi for being tolerant

I noted in passing this morning that Nancy Pelosi was being very sensible and open-minded when she split with her party’s new chair on whether Democrats would be allowed to think for themselves on abortion. An excerpt from the story I read, demonstrating the very human, respectful approach she took:

Pelosi“I grew up Nancy D’Alesandro, in Baltimore, Maryland; in Little Italy; in a very devout Catholic family; fiercely patriotic; proud of our town and heritage, and staunchly Democratic,” she added, referring to the fact that she is the daughter and sister of former mayors of that city. “Most of those people — my family, extended family — are not pro-choice. You think I’m kicking them out of the Democratic Party?”…

Of course, there are always enforcers of political dogma ready to jump down a reasonable person’s throat. The most ironic such rebuke I’ve seen comes from the oxymoronic Catholics for Choice, which can always be relied upon to put a surreal twist on the news:

As Catholics, we are dismayed by Minority Leader Pelosi’s out of touch and self-serving statements that throw women and their right to make their own moral decisions under the bus.

Let’s be clear—unity in diversity of thought is an important value in America and what any political party should seek to nurture. However, a party that claims the mantle on social justice and civil liberties cannot turn its back on women’s moral autonomy and the right to make conscience-based decisions. Women’s rights are human rights and they cannot be traded away based on short-sighted political calculations. Minority Leader Pelosi’s claim that ‘abortion is a fading issue’ is also downright irresponsible when women’s access to abortion services is under attack across America by restrictive legislative proposals and efforts to limit providers, especially for the poorest women….

How do you take a statement like that seriously when it starts, “As Catholics…?” But of course, the purpose of this organization is to convince you to accept that proposition.

I ask you: Did any part of that statement feel “Catholic” to you? In style and voice, did it sound like something, say, Pope Francis would say? No. In tone and word choice, it read as though it had been written by an indignant college sophomore interning at NARAL.

A digression: I may need to borrow someone’s Dictionary of Current Ideology. Set abortion aside. How does an individual person have something called “moral autonomy?” Is not the essence of morality that we are responsible to one another for what we do? (Where do they get this cant?)

Nice try, Nancy, attempting to make your party a little more tolerant and open. This world is full of people who simply will not stand for that sort of thing…

3 thoughts on “Oxymoronic group blasts Pelosi for being tolerant

  1. Harry Harris

    Try to not misunderstand and mischaracterize Democrats when it comes to views on abortion laws. Not all Republicans oppose access to legal abortions; not all Democrats favor access to legal abortions. The degrees of belief and commitment would astound you if you would listen carefully. Although traditional Catholic stances on morality and public policy have leaned heavily toward use of laws to enforce Catholic moral codes, those leanings have changed substantially over 4-5 decades. Catholics hold differing views. So do Democrats and Republicans. Enforcing party orthodoxy on a number of issues has become a favorite tool of ideologues in both parties, but it hasn’t quashed dissenting views in either – just diminished it in public discourse. Catholic leaders who would try to enforce their established view contraceptive use would face great opposition – unless they narrowly defend it in terms of conscientious objection, i.e. refusing to include t in health care coverage. Uniting on abortion law with non-Catholic evangelicals (many of whom think Catholics are going to hell) gives them a political viable alliance that can be useful. It’s about as irritating and unwise to me as policies on the state of Israel being supported by “evangelical” Christians based on end-time “prophesies” that will likely send most of those Israeli citizens to outer darkness after they’ve been slaughtered by the armies of the Lord.

  2. Karen Pearson

    I just don’t see punishing poor women by forcing them to risk illegal abortions (richer women simply go where it’s legal). It won’t reduce abortions. Most abortions that aren’t medically necessary, are the result of the woman’s/girl’s desperation.


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