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Challenges that Obama will start facing – abortion being one of them

Now that Obama has won a convincing victory over McCain, and the Democrats have a increased majority in Congress (although not as much as they were hoping), things are going to start hotting up on the political front. The initial impression after the victory was that now all the pet topics for Democrats will start playing up again – gun control, better medicare, more taxes for the rich, right to choose (as opposed to right to life), and so on. For many decades now, there has been the concept of a Presidential Honymoon that would extent upto 3 months, and then the grilling would start. However, in the recent past, the political environment has got so partisan that the concept of a honeymoon has now totally vanished. So, here comes a push for one of the major policies of the Democratic party, the one in favor of abortion rights. Catholic Bishops have pledged to fight any such move by the Democratic Party:

BALTIMORE — The nation’s Catholic bishops are expected to issue a statement Wednesday pledging cooperation with president-elect Barack Obama on numerous social issues but vowing all-out opposition to any law or executive order he may sign advocating abortion rights. Bishops lined up by the dozens Tuesday to add increasingly harsh language to a preliminary draft of the statement, to be crafted and signed by Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The initial draft of the bishops’ statement expressed a “desire to work with the administration” on social issues such as immigration, economic justice and health care for the poor, highlighting that, “the Church is intent on doing good.” However, “the Church is also intent on opposing evil,” says the next line. The draft hammered against abortion, saying in part:
“The common good of our country is assured only when the life of every unborn child is legally protected. Aggressively pro-abortion policies and legislation will permanently alienate tens of millions of Americans and would be interpreted by many Catholics as an attack on the Church.”

Abortion has always been a hot issue in the US political arena, with hot opinions for and against it. Typically, the Democratic Party has always been pro-life; but things will get complicated due to more Democrats coming in from the more conservative areas, where their constituents are against abortion.

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