In a recent letter to the editor of the Denver Post, a writer lamented the fact that religious leaders are very proud of their efforts on marriage and family issues yet have been deadly quiet on the SCHIP veto by President Bush. The writer goes on to accuse the leaders of wanting those children to be born (anti-abortion) but not wanting to support them when they are in need of health care or other costly services.
The writer is at least partially correct. The religious leaders should have spoken out praising Bush for his courage in vetoing the excesses represented by the doubling of the number of persons eligible for SCHIP. A strong advocacy for vasectomies, tubal ligations, and family planning as an alternative to abortion rights would have made more sense than an attack on religious leaders who oppose abortion.