Because of the need to preserve the coalition, it's inconceivable therefore that any pro-contraception-pro-life leaders would ever pose this horrific question to the Catholic Church: is it possible that your opposition to birth control over the years has increased the number of abortions? Nor is it likely that they would say to their conservative evangelical compatriots: isn't it possible that your resistance to sex education, has led to more abortions?I've written here before about the Church's teaching regarding contraception; suffice it to say that the Church's teaching is much more complex and human than people outside the Church generally realize. Moreover, it simply can't be posited that birth control "solves" the problem of abortion; it is birth control, and the "sex without consequences" attitude which accompanies it, that leads to the "need" for abortion in the first place.
But Waldman is raising some other issues that Protestants and other non-Catholic Christians might need to examine, in particular the fact that many Christians don't oppose fertility treatments that can destroy an embryo, such as IVF. It's a good question to ask, especially to those who oppose ESCR but favor IVF, a situation that exists among some Christians.
The real problem, though, is this. We've been down this kind of road before, as a nation, when the moral evil in question was slavery. All kinds of efforts were made to approve it, to allow it to spread, to compromise with it, to overlook it, and so forth. Some of the events which preceded the Civil War were last-ditch legislative efforts to keep slavery contained to the Southern states and not let it spread to the territories--but to keep slavery legal.
But it didn't work. The nation could not, as Lincoln said, remain a nation divided--not when the division was over a grave moral evil that some wanted to allow and others to abolish. Limiting slavery, confining slavery, seeking to remove the rights of freed slaves or those who escaped from slavery to the non-slave territories or states, all of those things percolated below the national consciousness for years until the philosophical and moral impossibility of living in a nation which codified such evil and refused to address it directly boiled over into those things which made the Civil War inevitable.
At our present time in history we know that abortion is an evil which permeates our states and which the Supreme Court's infamous decisions have made ubiquitous. A state that wanted to outlaw abortion couldn't do so at the present time, and that won't change under the Democrats, who think the only way to protect the "choice" to kill one's own offspring in utero is to mandate that the status quo remain firmly in place.
And that is why, despite the clear anguish of so many, Catholics, Christians, and others, who would love to believe that Barack Obama isn't going to make abortion law any worse today than it already is and that they can therefore vote for him with a reasonably clear conscience, it must be said that the answer to the question at hand is, no. No, the Democrats will not reduce abortions more than the Republicans. No, the party of Death will not lead to a greater respect for Life. No, even if you wish to believe that abortions will be reduced under Obama, you must accept the reality that they will not be. At best, more and more abortions will be early, chemically-induced abortions instead of gruesome surgical ones, and the battle for the lives of our tiniest Americans will shift from the ugly, hellish abortion clinics to sanitized pharmacies and the aisles of the banality of evil in our local ShopWalTarStuffEmporiumsMart where currently the dreary hell-tickets boxed up as condoms and similar attacks on our immortal souls and those of our children squat like horned gargoyles that hiss at us as we pass by on our way to buy bread or toothpaste.
There are many things in the political sphere for which it is perfectly reasonable and logical and moral to work out compromises. But just as there was no compromising with the evil that was slavery, so is it true that we can't compromise with the evil that is abortion. It is already eating through the pillars of life and liberty upon which our founding fathers built this country, and if we continue to pretend that the radioactive fallout raining down upon us following the sexual revolution's destruction of the nuclear family is a harmless breeze, we shouldn't be surprised if we wake one day in the not-to-distant future to find that that wind we have sown has become the whirlwind of destruction, poised to claim its harvest.