"Common Ground" on Abortion
I've got a modest proposal for achieving some much-vaunted "common ground" on abortion. How about we all agree to the consensus of the last 3 decades that abortion should not be federally funded, and therefore make the Hyde Amendment (as well as a prohibition on federal mandates of private abortion coverage) an explicit part of any health care proposal working its way through Congress?
What can be more "common ground" than agreeing to a principle that has become so universally accepted among a broad consensus of the American population that even President Obama remarked recently that "we also have a tradition of, in this town, historically, of not financing abortions as part of government funded health care"?
I mean, this is so common sense. Both sides walk away with something that they want: pro-lifers walk away with the assurance that any health care plan that passes will continue to exclude federal funding of abortion and will not contain mandates for private health coverage of abortion; and proponents of the health care proposals currently working their way through Congress walk away with a greatly improved chance that their legislation will pass.
How about it folks? How interested are you, REALLY, in achieving "common ground"?