Chris Matthews takes on a self-righteous Catholic bishop about the consistency of his pro-life position:
I love this debate — it’s the tack that I like to take the most when discussing reproductive issues. For me, it’s not about persuading someone to accept the reality of having legally accessible abortions — it’s more about showing what the strong moral beliefs behind the pro-life movement look like when they’re practically applied in REAL LIFE.
It may make for a great sound-bite to proclaim that all “life begins at conception,” but when you’ve got to legislate such morality in practical terms — suddenly it loses its luster and appeal.
[of course, the best article I’ve found that really highlights the problems involved with legislating the pro-life position is the 2006 NYTimes article on El Salvador, Pro-Life Nation.]