Theatrics and Hypocrisy at Sotomayor Hearings
Protesters shouting down senators and carrying bloody dolls at Judge Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearings ["The Scene: Culture Wars Intrude on a Day of Cordiality," front page, July 14] undermine civil efforts to find common ground on reducing abortions. While culture-war theatrics provide the media with sensational images, they do nothing to support pregnant women. The time is ripe to end our nation's divisive abortion battles. President Obama has emphasized respectful dialogue and supports efforts to help women avoid the tragedy of abortion. Pro-life Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) and pro-choice Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) are sponsoring legislation in the House with the goal of reducing the number of abortions.
Senate legislation would help pregnant women with prenatal health care, nutrition support and other critical resources. Growing efforts to reduce abortions are a cause for hope that Republicans and Democrats have embraced. After more than three decades of political paralysis and legal gridlock, a more productive debate is emerging. The meeting last week between President Obama and Pope Benedict XVI should establish a framework for finding common ground to reduce the number of abortions.
THOMAS P. MELADY
Advisory Council Member
Chairman of the Board
Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good