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Common Ground

What Would Jesus Do?

Bill Schneider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Schneider

Will the culture war ever end? We have now had three presidents in a row who promised to unite the country. They all failed because it's hard to compromise on values. But this doesn't mean it's impossible.

Will the Real Pro-Lifer Please Stand Up?

Cristina Page | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cristina Page

The Cardinal O'Connor nominating committee's decision to honor George W. Bush as a hero of its cause tells us a lot about the crisis now facing the pro-life movement.

Can You Hear Us Now? Leadership Needed on the 37th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Jessica Arons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jessica Arons

On Roe v. Wade's 32nd anniversary five years ago, we urged progressive leaders to articulate and defend a clear, comprehensive, and moral vision for r...

Pro-Life Pretense

Cristina Page | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cristina Page

Obama's still-to-be released common ground agenda in the abortion conflict is already having a profound and largely overlooked effect: it has exposed deep fault lines in the pro-life movement.

Health Care: Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

We've recently seen the abortion rhetoric really heat up to ridiculous proportions. Those with opposing views are being stereotyped and demonized. And facts are taking a back seat to sound bytes.

Peace and Persuasion

Cristina Page | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cristina Page

Obama's goal seems to be to appeal to a reasonable group that can talk to, rather than past, each other about abortion. If he's going to succeed, he has to confront those who perceive common ground as a threat.

Common Ground on Abortion, Finally

Jonathan Merritt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Merritt

Pro-life Christians and pro-choice political progressives have struck a partnership. Their goal is to reduce the need for and occurrences of abortions in America.

The Tone of Our Atonement: A Meditation for Yom Kippur

Carol Smaldino | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carol Smaldino

I want to dare to pose the notion of making Yom Kippur a time for softer and longer reflections, about how to make things better, truer, safer for our insides and freer from inner terrors.

A Taxing Problem

Jessica Arons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jessica Arons

Americans do not want politics to drive coverage decisions. In other words, they object precisely to the type of food fight brewing on Capitol Hill right now.

The Breakup of the Pro-Life Movement

Cristina Page | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cristina Page

It may come as a shock to most pro-life Americans, but there's not one pro-life group in the United States that supports contraception. Rather, many lead campaigns against contraception.

How to Win a Culture War

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Want to know how to win a culture war? Don't fight one.

How to Resolve the Abortion Conflict

Aspen Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aspen Baker

A just and lasting peace between pro-choice and pro-life people is possible, but it lies in the history of those who have fought over this issue, not in the tired rhetoric of "common ground."

Just the Facts, Sir: The False Dichotomy of Catholics vs. "Pro-choice" on Common Ground

Jodi Jacobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jodi Jacobson

The assertion that unless Obama bows to the most conservative Catholic position he will lose widespread support is a scare tactic of the right.

Waldman: Still Not Getting It...

Jodi Jacobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jodi Jacobson

If women have true choices, increased access to and support for adoption services will not dramatically affect the rate of abortions.

Common Ground on Abortion

Aspen Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aspen Baker

The desire for the emotional well-being of women doesn't require compromise of human rights or moral values and it doesn't require the sacrifice of dearly held beliefs.

Waldman and Saletan: Oh, What a Fine Bromance!

Jodi Jacobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jodi Jacobson

Waldman suggests we set up a Presidential commission to study the "sacredness of sex" and that the President start to talk about this as part of his platform. If I want the government to tell me how and what to think about sex, I'll buy a plane ticket to Afghanistan and live under the original Taliban.

Common Ground: What Does the Far Right Get? Or, Who Wins and Who Loses?

Jodi Jacobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jodi Jacobson

What women need is both access to contraception that addresses their changing needs throughout their lifecycle and access to safe abortion services.

Are the Culture Wars Back?

Rachel Laser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rachel Laser

An overwhelmingly popular President and a rising chorus of Americans are imploring policymakers to replace the culture wars with culture discussions. In this new moment, engaging in partisan warfare seems simply passé.

Higher Ground

Cristina Page | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cristina Page

The brutal murder of Dr. Tiller threatens to poison the nascent dialogue Obama initiated.

Welcome to Common Ground

Scott Swenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Swenson

Is it possible that in President Obama's election, Americans have a chance to heal the body politic from the divisiveness the abortion issue has caused for a generation or more?

Catholics for Choice Protest Appointment of Anti-choice Advocate to Senior Position at HHS

Jodi Jacobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jodi Jacobson

The appointment yesterday of Alexia Kelley as Director of Faith-based and Community Partnerships at the Department of Health and Human Services marks "a defeat for reason and logic."

The New Pro-lifer

Cristina Page | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cristina Page

Alexia Kelley is a new style pro-lifer, one who believes a progressive agenda will produce pro-life results.

Jack Kemp: Bleeding-Heart Conservative

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Kemp was a fervent believer in "supply side economics," which I just as fervently oppose. But you do not have to agree with all of Jack Kemp's economic policies to be impressed and inspired with his life and leadership.

Today's Movement Leaders are Alive and Kicking

Ambassador Swanee Hunt and Adria D. Goodson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ambassador Swanee Hunt and Adria D. Goodson

Prime Movers aren't simply good people doing great work. They're stirring masses of people to combat injustice, to become engaged in the civic decisions that affect their common good.

The Call for Common Ground on Abortion

Cristina Page | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cristina Page

In a never before attempted event, the Obama administration merged dozens of leaders from the pro-choice and pro-life movements onto one conference call line and, wisely, muted us.