Today, GOProud came out in favor of an end to taxpayer funding of abortion. Executive Director Jimmy LaSalvia explains:
It doesn’t matter where one stands on the question of abortion; we believe that the use of taxpayer funds to provide abortions is a fiscal issue. There is no question, that in these times of out of control deficit spending and growing mountains of debt, it is unconscionable that one penny of federal taxpayer dollars would be spent on abortion.
For the longest time, I’ve wondered why gay groups have joined the various “abortion rights” groups opposing any and all restrictions on the practice. Indeed, HRC’s current president Joe Solmonese worked most recently for EMILY’s list, a group dedicated to electing Democratic women committed to keeping abortion legal.
So beholden are folks like Joe to being part of the coalition of left-wing groups that they refuse to see how reaching beyond that narrow coalition can help gays. Shouldn’t gay people want to reduce the number of abortions as that would increase the number of babies available for adoption, making it easier for gay people to become parents?
Such outreach would also put some pro-lifers on the spot, testing their commitment to human life. Would they rather a baby be aborted or have the mother carry the child to term, only to have the infant adopted by a loving gay (or lesbian) couple? Perhaps, that would not be their ideal (with them preferring adoption by a straight married couple), but at least the baby would have the chance to live and be raised by caring parents hoping for progeny.
It would be nice if gay groups could think outside the box. They might then find that alliances with left-wing gay groups aren’t the only way to make t things better for gay people.
Nice to see GOProud daring to oppose the received wisdom of our community “leaders.”