I've been surprised how little discussion there is around here about the Great Abortion Debate. And I don't know whether that's because we're all in agreement (seems unlikely) or because it's just not on the minds of those who spend time at BlueNC. After all, it's not currently a hot topic in state politic, though it could flare up at any time.
The reason I bring it up tonight is because of a discussion I had this afternoon with some friends who are strong Democrats and even stronger abortion-rights advocates. I told them I was doing what I could to help unseat Charles Taylor, which led to a discussion of Heath Shuler's pro-life position. As you might imagine, they were not all that excited about working for a candidate who seems at odds with one of their key agenda items. I explained my pragmatic view that a pro-life Shuler was far better than a pro-life Taylor, and they understood that position. But it still left me a little uneasy. This issue is very important to me, and it seems I've jumped on the Shuler bandwagon in spite of his position. I guess this is what people mean when they say the Democratic party is a "big tent."
I'm sure Heath would rather not have to talk about this issue, but does anybody have any more insight about this than I do? The "issues" section of his website isn't much help.