Other than the draconian jihad on women's rights that Republican legislatures have passed in both states, the two states have something else in common. They both border Illinois. Wisconsin to the north, Iowa to the west.
While Roe v. Wade guaranteed that abortion was legal in America, the last four decades have been a struggle to ensure access to that right. As clergy, I see this problem with a pastoral eye. How is it just to deny a woman access to a constitutionally-protected right simply because she is poor?
If we had elected a "Personhood President," there would be cause for great concern. As we head into the next four years, expect this contingent to continue to attempt to make personhood, not Roe v Wade, the law of the land.
When Obama was elected president, reproductive rights advocates hoped that we had found a champion. But his failure to lead on the reproductive rights front has exemplified the high price of standing still.
President Obama dispatched Joe Biden to Kenya last month. Biden went there specifically to lobby for a new constitution for Kenya. Article 26 of that new constitution would repeal the country's long-standing pro-life law on abortion.
Former President George W. Bush receives a pro-life award this weekend from Legatus, an organization of Catholic business professionals. The honor raises an essential question: What does it mean to be pro-life?