Pro-Abortion Religious Activist Blasts Obama’s Abortion "Common Ground" Call

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 28, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Abortion Religious Activist Blasts Obama’s Abortion "Common Ground" Call

by Steven Ertelt Editor
May 28
, 2009

Washington, DC ( — Not everyone on the pro-abortion side of the debate is supportive of President Barack Obama’s supposed call for common ground on the issue of abortion. Reverend Carlton Veazey, the head of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, called the call "troubling."

Even though Obama has crafted a staunchly pro-abortion record as president, for abortion advocates like Veazey, there can never been common ground on abortion because it should be an unfettered right.

"My experience of 13 years in the pro-choice movement is that ‘common ground’ has become another term for compromise on reproductive choice," he wrote in an editorial at a pro-abortion blog. "In other words, achieving common ground will be accomplished by diminishing the ability of women to make decisions about abortion, whatever the personal cost. That’s unacceptable."

"It’s unacceptable for even one woman to suffer in order for opponents of abortion to be appeased," he claimed.

Veazey wrote that "calming controversy and tempering anger over an issue that has become political" was not worth backing down from the position that abortion should be legal throughout pregnancy for any reason.

"Abortion is about an individual woman’s life – her decision, her destiny – and there can be no compromise," he concluded.

Jill Stanek, the pro-life nurse who exposed live-birth abortions, says Veazey has been misled if he thinks Obama really wants common ground on abortion.

"If you knew Obama like we know Obama – if you paid attention to his actions, not his words – you’d know common ground is actually the last thing on his mind," she said.

"The President has not most certainly not ‘compromised,’" she added.

Stanek concluded: "He may have duped gullible "Catholics" like Professor Doug Kmiec or Fr. John Jenkins, but the growth you may have noted in our side’s determination has not been due to the President’s attempted conciliatory aura but rather from his abortion extremism."

Sign Up for Free Pro-Life News From

Daily Pro-Life News Report Twice-Weekly Pro-Life
News Report
Receive a free daily email report from with the latest pro-life news stories on abortion, euthanasia and stem cell research. Sign up here. Receive a free twice-weekly email report with the latest pro-life news headlines on abortion, euthanasia and stem cell research. Sign up here.