When it comes to abortion Dino Rossi can be difficult to pin down.
In 2004, the Seattle Times reported:
“...Dino Rossi has undergone a transformation. Once a candidate who talked openly about his opposition to abortion and gay rights, Rossi no longer brings up such issues ...Rossi says when he first started out in politics, he was “...maybe a little more idealistic than realistic on some things. ... Over time, you kind of temper some of the things you once believed.”
Though in the early 1990s, Rossi identified with pro-life causes, in more recent years he has gone “out of his way to avoid discussing his views on social issues.”
How exactly, does Rossi position himself? According to the Seattle Times, “He opposes it except in cases of rape, incest and to save the life of the mother. But he never brings it up on his own.”
The same story was given in an interview with the Spokesman Review in 2004, in which Rossi said, “I’ve always believed that abortion was never intended except for maybe cases of rape, incest...,”
The bottom line is that Rossi, when pressed, presents a so-called “pro-life” platform that actually supports legalized abortion where the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest, implying that the lives of some—of any “Little Emily”—do not deserve basic human rights.
There is no greater assault on the sanctity of womanhood than the crime rape—an unspeakable act of violation requiring years of physical, emotional, and psychological healing. In the rare instances when a pregnancy does result, the nightmare for the victim cannot be mitigated—but only complicated—by taking the life of her child.
In his 2008 bid for governor, Rossi made this promise: “I will protect the most vulnerable people in our society.”
And yet, is any person more vulnerable in today's society than a child conceived by rape or incest? We would like to ask Rossi why that child is not worthy of his promise of protection? Rossi isn’t answering.
In fact, when it comes to the whole issue of abortion, he’s not saying much at all these days. And yet all over the state, people are seeking answers. This is typically what they get:
“I am Catholic”
“I will vote my ‘conscience’”
“every soul has a value”
At first glance, this appears to be a heartfelt expression of a pro-life conviction, but a deeper analysis brings up even more questions:
How does his “Catholic” faith justify his compromised position on life?
Does he believe that all souls have equal value, and more importantly should they have equal rights? At a recent news conference, Rossi told reporters: “If I'm going to have to make a judgment, I’m going to make a judgment on the side of protecting life: “Always have protected life and I will,” —a statement which is at odds with his record and previous declarations.
For additional information, please visit: Washington Life Coalition