Obama calls for civil discourse

There are numerous stories popping up today about the President’s address to the graduating class of Notre Dame yesterday. The invitation was offensive to some in the Catholic Church because of the President’s pro-choice stand.

What was particularly interesting was the decision he made to spend a good chunk of his address responding to the critics and, in a way similar to how he called on American’s to manage the debate on racism in this country, called on both sides to temper their rhetoric:

“‘Maybe we won’t agree on abortion,’ Mr. Obama told graduating students, relatives and professors, ‘but we can still agree that this heart-wrenching decision for any woman is not made casually. It has both moral and spiritual dimension.

‘So let us work together to reduce the number of women seeking abortions. Let’s reduce unintended pregnancies. Let’s make adoption more available. Let’s provide care and support for women who do carry their children to term.’”

Read the full article in the New York Times here.

The full text of the President’s remarks are here.

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