The latest edition of SBC Life post portions of an interview with Sec. of State Condoleezza Rice, in which the interviewer skipped over her position on abortion -- she is pro-choice -- and only asked about the Bush Administration. Here is the excerpt:
SBC LIFE: Madame Secretary, Southern Baptists have been focused on the sanctity of human life, and we have applauded the President and his efforts in advancing a culture of life. Obviously some of our international neighbors have not shared the same focus. What is your strategy for preventing other nations from restricting our advances? How can we keep countries such as the Netherlands, with its strong promotion of euthanasia, from interfering with and hindering our advances in these areas?
SECRETARY RICE: We very actively oppose, in international conventions and in UN resolutions, any language that would not be consistent with the President's policies on the culture of life. Also, at one time American aid was permitted to be used with groups that openly advocated abortion, which was wrong. The United States no longer does that. We have been very aggressive in [addressing] issues like human trafficking, which of course is support for the dignity of every human being. And so we do actively oppose international conventions or resolutions that might imply that we should not as a country pursue our own policies consistent with culture of life.
And then we also use the bully pulpit to remind people that a culture of life is important, whether it's a young girl who is being trafficked or whether it's a person suffering with AIDS, we have policies that address that in a compassionate way. But all of this has to begin with respect for life.
posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 8/08/2006 09:26:00 PM