“Now is the time to turn from political slogans to actual solutions to our national abortion problem. I endorse an abortion reduction strategy that goes to the roots of the demand for abortion. We need to care for the unborn by caring effectively for the mothers and families who need concrete help in bringing children safely to birth and into families that will love them well.”
–Dr. David P. Gushee, distinguished professor of Christian ethics at Mercer University and author of The Future of Faith in American Politics: The Public Witness of the Evangelical Center.
“Breaking the decades-long deadlock on abortion requires not only a change of policy, but also of hearts and minds. Common ground solutions that will reduce the number of abortions in America loosen the stultifying grip of ideology and make protecting the lives of the unborn and the well-being of mothers our first priorities — just as they should be.”
–Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, which serves 16 million Hispanic born-again Christians in 18,000 Hispanic churches
“I’ve been active in the pro-life movement for 36 years, and I’m becoming increasingly convinced that the way to reduce the number of abortions NOW is through positive steps to help young mothers facing crisis pregnancies so they in fact have a real choice. If we do so, I am convinced most will choose life.”
–Steve Monsma, senior research fellow at the Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics at Calvin College and author of Healing for a Broken World.
“We must move beyond the spiritually damaging culture war era. Deeply felt moral issues must no longer be leveraged for partisan gain. Let’s all join together to be part of a positive strategy to reduce abortions in America that puts problem-solving above political posturing.”
–Rev. Rich Cizik, former vice president for Governmental Affairs of the National Association of Evangelicals.
“We enthusiastically support this strategy to save babies’ lives. We must outgrow our ineffective and angry ideological politics, and we must work together to pass legislation that will support every vulnerable mother and child.”
–Dr. Joel Hunter, senior pastor of the 12,00-member Northland, A Church Distributed, and his wife Becky Hunter.
“For decades now we’ve been stuck in a cycle of polarized legal debates that repeat “pro-choice” and “pro-life” mantras from either side while the number of abortions has remained mostly unchanged. What we need now is a new national commitment to pursuing practical and proven policies which could dramatically reduce the abortion rate in America.”
–Rev. Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners.
“We must demand from Republicans and Democrats a serious commitment to save the unborn, addressing the real issues in women’s lives that give rise to abortion. Where is the morality in more abortion politics as usual? We must insist that the parties come together to find common ground in caring policies for young mothers, infants, and adoption that will truly reduce abortion in America.”
–Steve Schneck, director of the Life Cycle Institute at The Catholic University of America.
“Both sides of the aisle have done little more than offer rhetoric when it comes to the unborn as well as the newborn among poverty-stricken mothers faced with difficult choices. Some politicians have spoken out on these issues, but they are the exceptions and not the rule. I fully support programs and discussions that encourage a true pro-life position to reduce abortions and help those faced with difficult choices to choose life.”
–Joe Battaglia, President of the major Christian marketing firm Renaissance Communications, Inc.
“Catholics and all Americans are tired of our nation’s leaders treating abortion as a divisive wedge issue to score political points. Being pro-life is more than a slogan. It requires a bipartisan commitment to effective social and economic policies that reduce abortions and help women choose life, including pre and post-natal health care, nutrition support, living wage jobs, and caring adoption alternatives.”
–Alexia Kelley, Executive Director of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good.
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