Like many Americans, First Lady Barbara Bush believes abortion is a matter of "personal choice." Her views contradict the anti-abortion position advocated for the last 12 years by her husband. It's fair to say that the timing of Mrs. Bush's public stand on this touchy political issue is no accident.
Despite the President's high profile on this controversial issue, Mrs. Bush has chosen for years to keep her views to herself. This week, in a departure from her image as a traditional, politically silent First Lady, she spoke out. She chose to do so during a week when a faction of the GOP vainly sought to exclude a strong anti-abortion statement from the party platform, and just days before the Republican convention is to open. She made her position clear in published interviews.
Will Mrs. Bush's views resonate with Republicans during their convention next week?
She believes that abortion is a "personal thing." Such personal things, according to the First Lady, "should be left out of, in my opinion, out of platforms and conventions." We have long agreed with that position.
Republicans have already embraced an uncompromising anti-abortion stance in their party platform, including support for a constitutional amendment that would ban abortion.