Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Abortion split

An article in the Detroit News discusses the split within the pro-life movement over the potential ballot proposal to declare that life begins at conception.

"A controversial petition drive to place on the November ballot a constitutional amendment declaring that life begins at conception has divided Michigan's historically strong anti-abortion movement.

The proposal is backed by a band of abortion opponents, religious activists and the Michigan Republican Party, which endorsed it last month.

But the traditional heavyweights of the anti-abortion core in this state -- Right to Life of Michigan and the Michigan Catholic Conference -- are officially sitting this one out. And some say the two are working against it, behind the scenes.

The clash has led to public sniping, the withdrawal of a U.S. Senate candidate endorsement and a dispute over which group is really staying true to its mission.

"It's never healthy for the movement when pro-life groups divide over anything," said Judie Brown, president of American Life League, a national anti-abortion organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. Brown supports the Michigan ballot issue."

I tend to think that Right to Life is correct about the question of strategy being debated here. But whatever you think about this proposal, fighting within the pro-life movement is not a good thing.

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