If "the people" does not, and cannot, mean all people, and if the Founders did not further specify which people -- then that is a question we are obligated to ask and answer. Which people? And, similarly, what arms?
The news of the day certainly rotates somewhere around immigration reform. The President is expected to deliver a speech in Las Vegas this afternoon o...
Basically, women's reproductive freedoms challenge male domination economically, socially, and religiously, and therefore, what can be more political?
Amid international uproar, U.S. pastor Saeed Abedini is sentenced to prison in Iran. Lawsuits over Obama's contraception mandate continue to multiply. This and more in the latest religion headlines.
What is it about politics in our country that makes it so easy for our leaders to decide which issues they will decide for us and which they should leave alone?
This week I spoke to Sasha Ahuja of Planned Parenthood Action NYC on 40 years of Roe v. Wade and women's rights and health today. Then actress Aedin Moloney of Fallen Angel Theatre Company told us about the fantastic play, Airswimming by Charlotte Jones.
Last Tuesday, Americans marked an important milestone in their history -- the fortieth anniversary of Roe v. Wade. The Supreme Court decision on January 22, 1973 made abortion legal across the nation.
It seems unbelievable that 40 years after Roe v. Wade, we're still fighting for a woman's right to choose.
To paraphrase actor-activist Alec Baldwin, you know your country is in trouble when people ask, 'Did the rape guy win?' and you have to respond, 'Which one?' The candidates' offensive and absurd comments should not be laughed off as an aberration.
I celebrate Roe v. Wade proudly as a Muslim woman. I deeply hope that more Muslim women and men will do the same with me, refusing to accept blanket, unfounded statements about religious or Islamic opposition to abortion.
A friend of mine is in the late stages of a tragic pregnancy that will lead either to a stillborn baby or, at best, to a baby that will struggle for a few hours and die. The prognosis was made early on and the decision to take the baby to term was made.
Many American Catholics took exception to this decision and have engaged in four decades of political action to reverse this outcome. There might have been a time when this strategy was viable. No longer.
Making this debate about God deflects it from a discussion of some of our most pressing issues. If Republicans are so concerned with the life of unborn children, how is it that they don't care about children already in existence?
Tragically, the lives of the parents are completely ignored by the anti-abortionists. Yet that is the essential issue. In any conflict it's the actual, living persons who count, not the mere potential of the embryo.
At its heart, Roe reaffirms American women's essential right to make personal health decisions privately and without interference from government.
How shall we interpret what Jesus said in light of our deep divisions over abortion? Is the fetus in the womb oppressed or is the pregnant woman denied choices oppressed?