Thursday, August 23, 2012

Ryan Abortion Update

I was troubled when in response to the Akin flap the Romney-Ryan campaign issued a statement declaring that the campaign accepts abortion for pregnancies resulting from rape.

I wondered if Ryan, a pro-life Catholic, was taking a position counter to Catholic Church teachings.

But then he came out and said he still opposed aborting children conceived through rape, so he did not agree with the position stated by the spokesperson for the campaign. But, he noted that Romney is the presidential candidate, so Romney sets the campaign agenda, and although not what he, Ryan, wanted, it was a step in the right direction.

Okay, I can see that. I'm not happy with it, but at least it's clear where he stands, and he is right: It is a step in the right direction.

And then the platform for the Republicans came out and the official position of the party remains opposition to abortion even for rape and incest.

I still have doubts about what a President Romney might do, though. He might take some steps to improve things, but I'm not sure how much of a priority it will be for him.

We can hope and pray. And we can write to Romney to help him move from his current position of accepting abortion under some circumstances.

Pax et bonum

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