Daily Archives: Aug. 6, 2013

Women more supportive of abortion restriction

Democrats are casting new state laws restricting abortions after 20 weeks as a Republican “war on women.” But a Washington Post/ABC News poll found that women are more supportive of the restriction than men. The survey asked whether restrictions should begin at 24 weeks, as the U.S. Supreme Court dictated, or at 20 weeks. Sixty percent of women surveyed preferred 20 weeks, compared with 53 percent of men. However, 58 percent of women opposed efforts by some states to make it more difficult for abortion clinics to operate, compared with 50 percent of men. There wasn’t much gender difference on abortion rights, as 56 percent of men and 55 percent of women said abortion should be legal in all or most cases.

Don’t use Kapaun as prop in political fight

U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, shouldn’t misuse former Army chaplain and Kansas native Emil Kapaun (in photo) to paint President Obama as some anti-Christian extremist. In a recent commentary, Huelskamp speculated that if Kapaun “served in Afghanistan today rather than Korea six decades ago, President Obama would probably give the Catholic priest discharge papers instead of the Congressional Medal of Honor.” Huelskamp noted that he attended the White House ceremony in April at which Obama awarded Kapaun posthumously with the Medal of Honor (and spoke movingly about Kapaun’s faith and witness). But Huelskamp claimed that the type of actions that earned Kapaun the honor “are now forbidden by the commander in chief.” That’s not the case. The Defense Department has a policy against “unwanted, intrusive attempts to convert” service members, but there is nothing that prevents or discourages the ministry and care that Kapaun lived out on the battlefield and as a prisoner of war.