When I returned from Omaha, friends and colleagues wanted to know if I had "done it." When I said I had, their reactions surprised me. Friends who supported legal abortion bristled slightly when I told them where I'd been and what I'd watched. Acquaintances at a party looked a bit regretful to have asked about my most recent assignment… But my experience (among an admittedly small, largely pro-choice sample set) found a general discomfort when confronted with abortion as a physical reality, not a political idea. Americans may support abortion rights, but even 40 years after Roe, we don't talk about it like other medical procedures.
President Obama is trying to make abortion “like other medical procedures.” Hillary Clinton says reproductive health care includes abortion.
But abortion is not health care. Intuitively, everyone knows that.
This feeling goes very deep with Americans. Lincoln said it best: “Nothing stamped in the divine image was sent into the world to be trod upon.” Ultra-sound technology teaches us every day that unborn children are stamped in the divine image. It is why more Americans than ever are counting themselves pro-life. And it is why the Obama health overhaul is in deep, and deepening, trouble.