MAY 7, 2009
By LAURA MECKLER
WASHINGTON -- The White House has begun bringing together a diverse group of abortion-rights supporters and opponents to help craft policies both sides can embrace: preventing unwanted pregnancies and reducing demand for abortion.
President Barack Obama appears to be trying to make good on his pledge to defuse tensions around polarizing issues.
The effort could also be in his political interests. While he may not win over abortion opponents on the issue, if he is seen as having a genuine interest in finding common ground, that could persuade some to judge him on other policies where they may agree with him, such as economics.
Interviews with several participants suggest there is some common ground, but plenty of disagreements remain. It will be challenging for the White House to settle on policies that reach across the spectrum.
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Stop the presses
I love this! I get so much flak from my pro-life and pro-choice friends for my position -- I would love there to be no abortions because I view fetuses as another living and developing people, but it really is a woman's choice to determine what to do with her body, other people simply do not see life as I do, and sometimes abortion really is the only option. The idea of trying to decrease abortions and increase education without castigating either position is great and I really hope that the various groups can stop screaming at each other long enough to realize that neither really wants a world littered with desperate mothers, unwanted kids, or dead fetuses. Hopefully I've explained my position well enough in this short space and I welcome some debate -- keep it civil! :)