Pro-Life Moves in Unexpected Places

Democratic Governor Tim Kaine of Virginia has signed a bill that blocks state funding for embryonic stem cell research.  Money will not be provided to organizations or business that “research in Virginia on human cells or tissue derived from induced abortions or from stem cells obtained from human embryos.”  Governor Kaine is a Catholic, and it will be interesting to see if other Catholic governors will follow his example.  Also, he recently signed a bill that creates “Choose Life” license plates in Virginia.

The Spanish socialist group Solidarity has released a statement which reads: “We are socialists and we oppose abortion and its legalization. We oppose all attacks on life: the death penalty, torture, hunger, the arms race, war, slavery.”  Notice that this statement actually encompasses much of the Catholic Church’s teaching on pro-life issues (as opposed to the right-wing American conservative doctrine), which extend to all stages of life.

Democratic Governor Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas, also a Catholic, signed the Women’s Right to Know Act which requires abortion providers to provide more information to women on fetal development and allows women to see an ultrasound and hear their child’s heartbeat before deciding to have an abortion.  Abortion clinics will also be required to post signs inside that tell women that they cannot be forced to have an abortion.  Governor Sebelius, also a Catholic, has been a stalwart in pro-choice politics.  Nevertheless, her signing of this bill is certainly a positive move.

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  • Kurt

    The Spanish movement is less of a surprise when you consider the Socialist International has never declared abortion rights to be among their principles.

  • blackadderiv

    God bless Governor Kaine.

  • ron chandonia

    I like this. Maybe MM could open a chapter of Solidarity over here to promote the consistent ethic of life. I personally would sign up and donate heavily.

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/voxnova Morning’s Minion

    I’ve never heard of this Solidarity group before, but they sound awesome. This is how the culture must be changed, by small grass-roots groups. I’d not only donate, Ron, I’d join.

  • radicalcatholicmom

    Great news!!

  • Mickey Jackson

    All great news. The pro-life movement in America needs to do a MUCH better job of reaching out to progressives. Given the number of liberals I know who are uncomfortable with the Democrats’ stance on abortion, and the number of pro-lifers I know who deplore the GOP’s position on…well, pretty much every other issue…it seems like there’s a huge potential that’s going untapped.

  • Mickey Jackson

    And of course Tim Kaine is the new head of the DNC. Shame on us if we don’t take this opportunity.

  • http://dprice.blogspot.com Dale Price

    Good news all around, and Lord knows the world could use some.

  • Mickey Jackson

    Also, according to the Washington Post article, once the first 1000 “Choose Life” plates are sold in Virginia, 60% of the revenues from that point on will go to crisis pregnancy centers. In other words, unlike many “pro-life” politicians, Governor Kaine truly does appear willing to walk the walk, rather than just talk the talk.

  • http://www.ad-dominum.com Thom

    Best news I’ve heard in some time.

    Funny, Lifesite must have missed it….

    😉

  • TeutonicTim

    They still are part of a party who’s official platform includes making abortion free and widely available to anyone who “needs” it.

    There is such a thing as “political reality” in which the politician has to sign a bill because they would lose too much political capital to defend against it. This is that situation, plain and simple.

  • Policraticus

    They still are part of a party who’s official platform includes making abortion free and widely available to anyone who “needs” it.

    There is such a thing as “political reality” in which the politician has to sign a bill because they would lose too much political capital to defend against it. This is that situation, plain and simple.

    Ah, so we judge the good of the action entirely on the party’s platform and the secret motives of the agents. I suppose there really is no reason to rejoice that ESCR funding is banned in Virginia and that abortion clinics must provide fetal development information to women. I guess it only counts when Republicans do this stuff.

  • http://disputations.blogspot.com Tom

    The governors each did a good thing. Whether we recognize this cheerfully or grudgingly affects the political reality in which everyone will act in the future.

  • http://www.rimatara.blogspot.com Sam Rocha

    I did some homework on Solidaridad and they really look great, I linked this post to my own follow-up at Rimatara.

    http://rimatara.blogspot.com/2009/04/speaking-of-political-parties-i-may.html

  • digbydolben

    On the abortion issue, this is the best news in months. Don’t let a political hack like “Teutonic Tim” dismiss it: this is the direction in which so-called “Vatican II Catholicism” MUST go; it is absolutely necessary that “progressives” all over the world come to see the link between the “culture of death” and neo-liberal economics.

  • http://www.rimatara.blogspot.com Sam Rocha

    One another note, which I am sure you would agree with to some degree, there is nothing unexpected about anti-abortion initiatives coming from the left. It seems, at least to me, that any coherent leftism would require such a position.

  • http://www.populisthope.blogspot.com/ Matt Talbot

    It seems, at least to me, that any coherent leftism would require such a position.

    I’m actually mulling over/working on a long post on my clog exploring just that issue, Sam. I agree, and what’s more, I think an end to abortion will need to come from the left and not the right.

  • TeutonicTim

    Ah, so we judge the good of the action entirely on the party’s platform and the secret motives of the agents. I suppose there really is no reason to rejoice that ESCR funding is banned in Virginia and that abortion clinics must provide fetal development information to women. I guess it only counts when Republicans do this stuff.

    You missed my point. These are good things, no doubt. However, in the big picture these people freely choose to be a part of and support the overarching goals of the Democratic party. You cannot discount that.

  • http://www.rimatara.blogspot.com Sam Rocha

    I look forward to your (Matt T.) post. I may even drum something like that up myself at Rimatara. But, as usual, I will likely drop it to chase another bunny…

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  • Policraticus

    You missed my point.

    No, I really didn’t.

    These are good things, no doubt.

    Then you should have said so originally. But this wasn’t your point or intention.

    However, in the big picture these people freely choose to be a part of and support the overarching goals of the Democratic party. You cannot discount that.

    I don’t.

  • TeutonicTim

    Fine. We’ve clarified points. I have no choice but to question those that align themselves with a group with such a platform.

    Why not run as an independent? Simple answer – they align themselves with a group with this platform for power and greed.

  • http://www.rimatara.blogspot.com Sam Rocha

    “Why not run as an independent? Simple answer – they align themselves with a group with this platform for power and greed.”

    That has to be one of the poorest arguments I’ve read.

  • http://www.ad-dominum.com Thom

    …not to mention daft, for the Republicans are in the same boat.

  • TeutonicTim

    That has to be one of the poorest arguments I’ve read.

    At least it’s an argument. I didn’t see one from you?

    Why if these people uphold pro-life standards and are to be admired, did they choose to align themselves with a group that had a main focus to use our money to provide “free” abortions on demand?

  • http://www.ad-dominum.com Thom

    The same reason others aligned themselves with a group that had a “main focus to use our money to provide…” more bombs. (You can’t ignore them, as much as you’d like to, because what if those women are pregant?!)

  • TeutonicTim

    You see though, the difference. It is not in a platform of the people you’re referencing to bomb people. Defending the country and freedom is in there. Sure the end result may be open to interpretation, but indiscriminate killing is not an official line item.

  • http://www.ad-dominum.com Thom

    A violent mindset and outlook is the disease from which the bombing “symptoms” come.

  • TeutonicTim

    A violent mindset and outlook is the disease from which the abortion “symptoms” come.

    Just because abortion happens in the privacy of a “clinic” by “medical professionals” makes it no less violent than the entirety of American bombing campaigns, including the use of nuclear weapons in WWII.

  • http://www.ad-dominum.com Thom

    Did I say it was any less violent? Actually, I said it’s the same thing, and should be regarded as yet another manifestation of violence.

  • http://www.rimatara.blogspot.com Sam Rocha

    Saying that any argument is better than none is also a terrible argument. It’s like saying that rancid fruit is better than going hungry–even if it may make you violently ill. In fact I did make an argument, it was that yours was poor. Here it is in more detail:

    1. Making poor arguments leads to very unfruitful discourse.

    ergo

    2. One ought to try and make good ones. That way, discourse can be productive and meaningful.

    3. Example: “Why not run as an independent? Simple answer – they align themselves with a group with this platform for power and greed.” is a rather bad claim that, without major clarifications and justification (which is what it is lacking), cannot lead to much of anything (productive, that is)