• Mr. Eckstrom, I so wish you had pointed out in this interview that many faith traditions support women’s moral agency and safe and legal abortions. I wish you had known the research on why women have very late abortions — most often to save the mother’s life or because the fetus has a life threatening anomaly, not because as you seem to imply, some not so real mental health concern. I so wish you had used pro-choice and not pro-abortion; faith leaders are not pro-abortion, but rather we support the right of women and families with their doctors to make decisions in their own particular circumstances. And finally I wish you had said that many religious leaders and people of faith understand abortion is a moral decision. We’d be happy to provide you with more information.

    Rev. Debra W. Haffner
    Religious Institute

  • Kevin Eckstrom

    Rev. Haffner,

    Thanks for writing. I totally understand and appreciate your comments. I’ve found that it’s impossible to be 110% precise on every detail of every subject on live TV, tho I try to cover as much ground as a I can, and explain complicated issues for a broad audience.

    As to the pro-choice/pro-abortion language, it’s our style at RNS (and that’s what I’m used to, so that’s what came out) to not use the terms “pro-life” or “pro-choice.” We typically substitute anti-abortion or abortion-rights. It would have been better for me to say “abortion rights” instead of “pro-abortion.” I recognize the difference, and apologize for my lack of precision.

    Thanks for writing.