A Ceasefire in the Culture War
By making ‘abortion reduction’ a priority, Obama courts his frenemies.
How does a democratic, pro-choice president avoid engaging in a culture war? This is the question that faces Barack Obama as he begins to shape his domestic policy. His presidency is not yet 100 days old, and already Obama has been excoriated by gays (for inviting Rick Warren to pray at the inauguration); by conservative Roman Catholics and evangelicals (for his position on stem cells); and by secularists (for the wide-ranging mandate of his faith-based office).