Liberals and Abortion

During the recent annual March for Life in Washington, most of the accompanying speeches by political leaders were delivered, as has become expected, by Republican members of Congress.  I believe there were a scant two Democrats in the mix.  There could be more in support of the marchers – yet the point is that we have grown accustomed to expecting a pro-life politician to be a Republican.  Why?  How did this happen?  In the Summer, 2011 issue of the Human Life Review, Mary Meehan  gives many reasons “Why Liberals Should Defend the Unborn”  – why, according to their own principles and history, liberals should be pro-life.  “In 1973, when the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Roe v. Wade, liberals still revered the Court for its defense of civil rights and civil liberties in the 1950’s and 1960’s….Led astray by institutions and people they relied on, many liberals did not follow their own better instincts,” says Meehan.  I recommend the article for presenting this compelling case and for detailing how American liberalism became derailed and found itself supporting legalized abortion.

Barbara Freres