Wednesday, March 21, 2007

McCain Sez Human Rights Include Unborn Rights

"I have been an advocate for human rights -- having been deprived of them for a period in my life -- from Burma to Bosnia to China to Cuba, and I believe human rights also extend to that of the unborn," McCain said, according to an AP report.

The comments are his first on the thorny issue since saying recently that he favors overturning the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case that led to virtually unlimited abortion.


However, McCain appeared then to be changing his position from a 1999 statement he gave to the San Francisco Chronicle in which he said he didn't support repealing Roe.

"I'd love to see a point where it is irrelevant, and could be repealed because abortion is no longer necessary," McCain told the newspaper at the time. "But certainly in the short term, or even the long term, I would not support repeal of Roe v. Wade, which would then force X number of women in America to [undergo] illegal and dangerous operations."


There's some good news and some bad news.

The good news is that politicians are trying to pander to pro-lifers. That can't be a bad thing. That means the pro-life movement has the momentum in the US.

Pay attention Canadian pro-lifers: we can do this, too. It might take 20 years, but it's doable. Twenty years ago, no one seriously thought Roe. v. Wade would be overturned. Now look where they are. Politicians are trying to court the pro-life vote.

The bad news is that this seems to be a case of all talk, no action. If he supported unborn rights, why did he support funding embryonic stem cell research?

Why didn't he seek to make himself seem more pro-life in the 2000 Republican nomination race?

His "street cred" (if I may use such a term) as far as devoted pro-lifers are concerned can't be too high.

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