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Obama made his pitch for common ground at Notre Dame today:

So let us work together to reduce the number of women seeking
abortions, let’s reduce unintended pregnancies. (Applause.) Let’s make
adoption more available. (Applause.) Let’s provide care and support for
women who do carry their children to term. (Applause.) Let’s honor the
conscience of those who disagree with abortion, and draft a sensible
conscience clause, and make sure that all of our health care policies
are grounded not only in sound science, but also in clear ethics, as
well as respect for the equality of women.” Those are things we can do.

Now, understand — understand,
Class of 2009, I do not suggest that the debate surrounding abortion
can or should go away. Because no matter how much we may want to fudge
it — indeed, while we know that the views of most Americans on the
subject are complex and even contradictory — the fact is that at some
level, the views of the two camps are irreconcilable. Each side will
continue to make its case to the public with passion and conviction.
But surely we can do so without reducing those with differing views to

Who in the pro-life community will unclench their fists and grasp his outstretched hand? We’ll see.

Update: Not Deacon Keith Fournier on Catholic Online:

Instead, the slick, well delivered address of this compelling orator
who has stopped his ears to the cries of the children killed by
abortion was broadcast globally. That well delivered speech, full of
self deprecating humor, sophistry, appeals to tolerance and human
rights and artful rhetorical devices, was vintage Obama. We have
offered it in full to our readers. The President called for reaching
some kind of “common ground.” He laced his presentation to this
Christian group with Christian references to the reality of “original
sin.” It all sounded so “good.” That is why it was so bad.

Nor Dreher.

Further Update: Nor Sister Toldjah. But on second thought, Dreher unclenches a bit.