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27 / 11 / 2008 - Are pro-lifers `co-operating with the enemy`?
Some pro-life groups have decided to stop trying to overturn Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, and to work with pro-abortion groups to reduce the number of abortions.
The Washington Post recently featured an article noting a tactic shift among pro-life activists. According to the article, many are moving away from trying to ban abortion and, instead, are moving toward reducing the number of abortions by "bulding social programs and developing other assistance for pregnant women" in hopes that they will be encouraged to continue their pregnancies.
This new approach does not settle well with Joe Scheidler, founder of the Pro-Life Action League. "You don't compromise or give up on abortion because we haven't changed Roe v. Wade overnight," he contends. "(Of) course it's been 35 years, but it still took a long time to do away with slavery, and it's going to take a long time to get rid of abortion. But you don't start cooperating with your enemy and sell out, and I think it is a sellout."
Scheidler believes history provides the answer, noting that both sides previously sat down for talks before and it did not reduce abortions at all. He questions a second effort. "It Joe Scheidlerwon't cut down on abortion. There'll be more abortions. People will get lax," he says. "If they see pro-life leaders cooperating, then they will think 'It can't be that bad. It can't really be the taking of a human life, if even pro-lifers support a little of it.'"
Saving lives, according to Scheidler, is where pro-lifers should keep their focus. "It's suicide. It's the murder of our posterity," he adds. "That destroys a nation."
Scheidler is developing plans to increase education on abortion and put more sidewalk counselors at abortion facilities to try to save lives.
Source : Charlie Butts - OneNewsNow