Former President Jimmy Carter made some surprising remarks recently in opposition to his party's long-held stance on abortion. While he supports the legality of abortion in cases of rape and incest, he is against the current rhetoric of the Democratic Party. He explains (from LifeNews - click here to read the whole article):
I never have believed that Jesus Christ would approve of abortions and that was one of the problems I had when I was president having to uphold Roe v. Wade and I did everything I could to minimize the need for abortions. I made it easy to adopt children for instance who were unwanted and also initiated the program called Women and Infant Children or WIC program that’s still in existence now. But except for the times when a mother’s life is in danger or when a pregnancy is caused by rape or incest I would certainly not or never have approved of any abortions.
I’ve signed a public letter calling for the Democratic Party at the next convention to espouse my position on abortion which is to minimize the need, requirement for abortion and limit it only to women whose life are in danger or who are pregnant as a result of rape or incest. I think if the Democratic Party would adopt that policy that would be acceptable to a lot of people who are now estranged from our party because of the abortion issue.
Carter is taking a moderate position on this point, and his comments get at a key decision Democrats need to make. Either abortion is a guilt-free amoral choice that should be completely legal and neither encouraged nor discouraged by anyone, or it is morally suspect, undesirable, and should generally be discouraged. Unfortunately for pro-choicers, this second option leads to more significant questions.
Why is abortion undesirable? Why should it be discouraged? What is being hurt/destroyed? The answers to these questions will quickly lead you in a pro-life direction.