President Obama has a masterful ability to convince people he is their friend even while he attacks them.
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President Obama claims that someday he will come out with new conscience rules, always signaling that they “may not meet the criteria of every possible critic.” Because the Bush implementing regulations merely impose statutory language, President Obama’s rules must necessarily be less protective than the statutes.
What can this mean in practice? Abortion advocates have already signaled what they consider to be “sensible” conscience rights. Maybe Obama will allow illegal compulsion if an abortion is medically indicated, which abortionists say means all abortions. Maybe HHS will look the other way if objecting makes “access” inconvenient as Planned Parenthood defines it. Certainly where the statutes apply to contraceptive acts like sterilization, or to assisted suicide, Obama’s rules will allow illegal compulsion as a “compromise.” And where Bush’s HHS might actually revoke funding for a violation, Obama’s rules will likely be “educational.”
The irony of Obama’s repeal of conscience rights is that liberal Catholics champion Obama as a promoter of “common ground.” But refraining from compulsion against your opponents is the absolute bare minimum of common ground, and Americans endorse this common ground in the statutes and in recent polls.
Since Obama and his supporters define the status quo, he can impose his own view and just call it common ground. Political power may enable Obama to succeed against conscience laws. But only the smoothest powers of persuasion will let him do it while his victims praise him for his moderation.
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