April 26, 2004

Pro-choice = Pro-terror.

Yep, that's what Dubya's long-time advisor Karen Hughes said on CNN. From the transcript of Wolf Blitzer's show last night:

BLITZER: There is a clear difference when it comes to abortion rights between the president and his Democratic challenger, John Kerry. In your opinion, Karen, how big of an issue will this abortion rights issue be in this campaign?

HUGHES: Well, Wolf, it's always an issue. And I frankly think it's changing somewhat. I think after September 11th the American people are valuing life more and realizing that we need policies to value the dignity and worth of every life.

And President Bush has worked to say, let's be reasonable, let's work to value life, let's try to reduce the number of abortions, let's increase adoptions.

And I think those are the kind of policies that the American people can support, particularly at a time when we're facing an enemy, and really the fundamental difference between us and the terror network we fight is that we value every life. It's the founding conviction of our country, that we're endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights, the right to life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Unfortunately our enemies in the terror network, as we're seeing repeatedly in the headlines these days, don't value any life, not even the innocent and not even their own.

An interesting note: The bulk of Hughes' quote above was originally included in a NY Times story on the March for Women's Lives. And part of her words even turn up in a link to that Times story if you Google on 'Karen Hughes abortion.' When you follow the link to the story, however, the Hughes quote is nowhere in the current version. We'll leave you to come up with your own reason for the edit.

Posted by Magpie at April 26, 2004 09:51 PM | US Politics | Technorati links |

Odd that you should identify Karen Hughes as saying being pro-choice is pro-terror, because I believe she is pro-choice herself. But she's speaking in the Bush language of a "culture of life," which is his way of ducking the more volatile issue of to what extent abortion should be legal. And seems to me Hughes, in this interview, is making a clumsy segue from the controversial abortion issue to an area where he is considered stronger, the war on terrorism (check his poll ratings - still up there apart from Iraq). She's not making any simplistic equation, but trying to move the issue away from abortion and toward foreign policy.

Posted by: Greg Piper at April 26, 2004 10:26 PM