Many cheap politicians have tried to straddle the abortion issue to maximize their vote, basically saying they are opposed to abortion but they believe a women should have the right to make that choice. When the new Chairman of the Republican National Committee makes such a statement however, conservative Republicans question if the RNC made the wrong choice.
RNC Chairman Michael Steele tried to straddle the abortion issue in an interview with GQ magazine published online on Wednesday when he said, " The CHOICE issue cuts two ways."
The American Conservative Republican believes the abortion issue cuts only one way if the choice is abortion, it cuts off the life of the unborn child.
When Steele was asked directly if he thought a woman had the right to choose abortion, he said, "Yeah, I mean again, I think that's an individual choice."
On Thursday, Steele started leaning the other way on the abortion issue with a statement that said, "I am pro-life, always have been, always will be," and that, "I tried to present why I am pro-life while recognizing that my mother had a choice before deciding to put me up for adoption."
ACR believes what Steele was trying to do was to come down on both sides of the abortion issue, pro-life and pro-choice.
On many issues, politics is indeed the art of compromise, it's better to get a half of a loaf of bread then no loaf. The issue of abortion is unlike most other issues however, it is an issue of life and death. Science and common sense, tells us that an embryo is a human being from conception. Morality, civilized society and the Ten Commandments says that killing is wrong. Every human being has a right to life which was given not by man or government but by God, therefore, whereas an embryo is a human being and abortion is the terminating of the life of the embryo, abortion therefore is the taking of a human life, which neither man nor any government has a right to take.
In both the GQ interview and in his Thursday statement, Steel said he believes that Roe vs. Wade was wrongly decided and should be overturned and the decision left to the states.
ACR believes that's a good, state's right's, position but the unborn child is still in danger of being killed if a state government allows abortion.
On the issue of gay marriage, Steele told GQ, "I just draw the line at the gay marriage." however, he said, "I'm not gonna jump up and down and beat people upside the head about it and tell gays that they're wrong for wanting to aspire to that and all that craziness."
ACR believes that marriage other then one man to one woman is craziness, not opposition to gay marriage.
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said in a written statement that, "This only serves to reinforce the belief by many social conservatives that one major party is unfriendly while the other gives only lip service to core moral issues."
According to Politico, Ken Blackwell, who also ran for RNC Chairman, said, Chairman Steele needs to reread the Bible, the U.S. Constitution and the 2008 GOP platform."
The Republican party platform position on the issue of abortion is, "The unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed."