One reader is skeptical of the White House's states attempts to find "common ground" around abortion:
What Obama is doing is nothing more than a campaign strategy trick....I am sick of his tactics. I want to see some real leadership with real solutions. This approach does nothing to tackle the pressing issue of rising teenage pregnancies.
Another reader says that while there's no common ground over whether or not abortion should be legal, the Obama administration is right to argue that helping pregnant mothers would reduce the demand for abortions:
There is no "common ground" in legal terms in abortion, nor will there, or should there be. Abortion is legal, and is likely to remain that way, as more than 50% of Americans believe that abortion should be legal, and nearly 75% believe it should be legal in the case of rape/incest/violence. So, while revoking abortion may appeal to a base, the fact it, it's not a political winner.
So, your kind should focus on finding ways to encourage women to keep their babies. Even if abortion were illegal, many women would be unable to care for them, emotionally or financially. Children would be abandoned, starved, abused, neglected. The focus, then should be on ways of fighting these things. Ensuring that women will have health care from themselves and their children. Ensuring they will have SAFE housing, and affordable daycare so that they can work. Ensuring they have access to food. Amazing how you stop caring about the child after it's popped out. Control them while they are pregnant, abandon them when they are done.
Yes, adoption is an option. But it's only a viable option because abortion is legal. Because right now, there are about 24,000 infant adoptions in the US each year. Tell me, where are you putting the other 1.37 MILLION children that would be born by illegalizing abortion?