Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, who has a solid prolife record and is considered a potential 2012 GOP presidential candidate, suggests in a recent interview that the next president "would have to call a truce on the so-called social issues" including abortion in order to deal with the "genuine national emergency" of the economy and debt. Needless to say, the negative reaction to this suggestion is strong from grass roots organizations and from other prolife political leaders such as Mike Huckabee.
Governor Daniels' suggestion is flawed on several fronts. Yes, we've dug ourselves into a serious hole with deficit spending and other irresponsible economic policies, but we'll be working at getting out of this mess for years to come and can't just put other issues on hold in the mean time.
Our nation has the ability to deal with multiple pressing issues simultaneously, along with sudden natural or man made disasters such as the Gulf oil spill that occur from time-to-time. In case anyone has forgotten, we have troops involved in two significant wars and the nation was subject to recent terrorist attack attempts. That threat certainly hasn't gone away (though whether we are sufficiently vigilant in countering it is another issue).
Most of all, the subject of abortion and other direct threats to human life such as euthanasia is such a monumental issue of injustice that dealing with it cannot be postponed in spite of our need to also deal with serious economic and national security concerns. The life issues of today are as significant as the issues of slavery and racial discrimination that have plagued this nation for much of it's history and for which resolution could not be delayed indefinitely. The loss of a million unborn lives a year constitutes as great a "national emergency" as any we've ever faced.