Thursday, January 10, 2008

Completely Outrageous

This is completely outrageous on a number of levels:
Three Republican members of Congress -- Frank Wolf of Virginia and Congressional Pro-Life Caucus co-chairs Chris Smith of New Jersey and Joseph Pitts of Pennsylvania -- are in Israel this week lobbying for an abortion ban there.

Israeli press coverage of the visit did not mention Smith's 2004 comparison of abortion to the Holocaust. Instead, it was reported that the congressmen were concerned about Israelis' declining birth rate compared to that of the Palestinians. They are working with Shas, the ultra-orthodox Sephardic party and its rabbinic council, which believes that "abortions are a grave sin which may even delay the coming of the messiah."

But just like here, this is a minority view; according to a recent poll, only 30% of Israelis believe that abortion is murder.

Frank Wolf's out-of-the-mainstream views are bad enough, but now he's meddling in another country's affairs with someone who compares abortion to the Nazi Holocaust? He's messing around with people who believe that abortion may "delay the coming of the messiah?" He's trying to impose his absolutist anti-abortion views on a country where 70% of people disagree with him, and where they've got a lot more pressing problems? Is THIS the kind of representation people want in the 10th district? Right, I didn't think so.

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