Reproductive Choice: Need, Numbers, and Dawn Johnsen

I have already written too many posts about Concerned Women for America’s Wendy Wright and her involvement with the White House’s Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, both in meetings and on conference calls, noting the disconnect between that Obama administration’s assertion that the efforts are aimed at finding ways to reduce the need for abortion and Wright’s insistence that there is no such need. But since she keeps making this point, I feel it is important to keep hammering away at it.

The latest comes from this WorldNetDaily column by anti-abortion activist Jill Stanek in which she declares there is no need for her side to seek common ground or compromise on the issue because they are winning:

If America is as pro-abortion as the other side likes to say, there is absolutely no reason to “reduce the need for abortion.” So don’t let them gloss over this point. Stick on it. Solutions can’t be determined without understanding the problem. What exactly is the problem with abortion?

If they state the problems are merely financial or inconvenience, they lose, because they alienate the vast unwashed they are trying to woo by denying what the vast unwashed consistently polls it knows: Abortion is the taking of a human life.

If they admit there is a moral problem with abortion, they lose by opening a can of worms with both the public and the abortion industry. The next question obviously is, “What is the moral problem with abortion?” And they never ever want to be pinned into going there.

(And by the way, as CWA President Wendy Wright wrote me, don’t use their terminology. “Say ‘number’ rather than ‘need,’ because ‘need’ is subjective, whereas ‘number of abortions’ is quantifiable,” stated Wright.)

Always remember, the ones seeking compromise know they are losing, and Obama knows his radical pro-abortion position is a loser.

Ignoring the illogical assertion that the anti-choice position is a winning one, the key here is Wright’s insistence that they never recognize any sort of “need” for abortion, which allows them to push for regulations and restrictions on access to reproductive health services without having to accept the necessity of family planning services and sex ed.

If you need further proof that Wright has absolutely no intention of seeking any sort of compromise or consensus on this issue, you need look no further than her assertion that Dawn Johnsen’s nomination to be Assistant Attorney General for the Office of the Legal Counsel must be stopped because of her past work with NARAL:

Wendy Wright, the head of Concerned Women for America, told that Obama’s selection reveals a lot about his pro-abortion views and that Johnsen should be disqualified because of her work with a leading abortion advocacy group.

“NARAL’s obsession with abortion skews its legal positions, blinding it to the Constitution’s equal protection for all human beings,” she said. “The fact that Ms. Johnsen worked for NARAL is a huge black mark against her judgment and exposes her bias.”

“Americans will not be able to trust that Department of Justice’s legal opinions or Obama’s executive orders comply with the Constitution when the lead person for making that judgment is incapable of treating all human beings with respect,” she added.

In essence, Wright is declaring that anyone with whom she disagrees should be barred from working for the government because they have demonstrated that their judgment cannot be trusted by virtue of the fact that they don’t share her right-wing views about reproductive rights..

Good luck finding common ground on with someone who holds this view.