Jason Steffens points out an op/ed from the Louisville Courier-Journal from last week pondering whether or not President Bush was indeed pro-life (I suppose I should read my city’s newspaper more often…). Glen Stassen, ethicist at Fuller Seminary, seems to think that President Bush has been bad for the pro-life movement because abrotions have increased under his watch.
Stassen argues that Bush’s economic policies have directly contributed to an increase in abortion versus the Clinton era:
What does this tell us? Economic policy and abortion are not separate issues; they form one moral imperative. Rhetoric is hollow, mere tinkling brass, without health care, health insurance, jobs, childcare, and a living wage. Pro-life in deed, not merely in word, means we need a president who will do something about jobs and insurance and support for prospective mothers.
By this bizzare reasoning, Stassen makes abortion into strictly an economic issue, forgoing any moral element. His premise implies that the socialist utopia he suggests would be abortion-free. It also suggests that Stassen thinks that a pro-abortion John Kerry would be better suited to reduce abortions. Like I said, it’s bizzare.
Go read Jason Seffens’ post for a more detailed analysis.