I love this. It's from a post written by Kathryn Lopez in The Corner about Stupak's retirement. In her post she quotes the late Gov. Casey, a true pro-life Democrat, from a speech he made at Notre Dame in 1995. I love his words:
It was sold to America, this idea [of legal abortion], as a kind of social cure, a resolution,” Casey said. “Instead, it has left us wounded and divided. We were promised it would broaden the circle of freedom. Instead, it has narrowed the circle of humanity. We were told the whole matter was settled and would soon pass from our minds. Twenty years later, it tears at our souls. And so, it is for me the bitterest of ironies that abortion on demand found refuge, found a home — and it pains me to say this — found a home in the national Democratic party. My party, the party of the weak, the party of the powerless.
Interestingly, some of the most ardent pro-abortion voices started out as pro-life. Al Gore, Ted Kennedy, Jesse Jackson, Richard Gephardt--all swapped principle for political gain. What was so clearly right to them was jettisoned when it became expedient to do so. Here is a quote from a letter that Kennedy wrote in 1971: "While the deep concern of a woman bearing an unwanted child merits consideration and sympathy, it is my personal feeling that the legalization of abortion on demand is not in accordance with the value which our civilization places on human life. Wanted or unwanted, I believe that human life, even at its earliest stages, has certain rights which must be recognized--the right to be born, the right to love, the right to grow old." Unbelievable that he could have tossed those convictions aside, isn't it? I believe Kennedy now understands the folly of his ways. Gore and the others have yet to see the light.