Can’t we all just get along?

Two days after his well-attended but ultimately peaceful funeral in Wichita, an editorial in the Wichita Eagle gives a nod to our movie’s coverage while bemoaning the impact the conflict over abortion has had in Wichita.  The cry of anguish reminds us of beaten convict Rodney King’s plea after the L.A. Riots, “can’t we all get along?

An excerpt:

Is it too much to hope that people now might learn something from Tiller’s death and act accordingly? Any chance we can communicate about abortion civilly and productively, in ways that both promote life and respect women?

Might we find a path down the middle, and stop casting those who are pro-choice as pro-abortion and those who are anti-abortion as anti-women? Can’t we work together to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and support unwed mothers?

Certainly, we have repeatedly called for better listening and more civilized discourse on hot-button social issues like abortion — but polarizing events like Tiller’s murder are, of themselves, pretty unlikely to lead to greater accord on divisive issues.  All the commentary we’ve seen shows the two sides hardening their positions – although William Saletan in Slate has some reasonable ideas for breaking the deadlock.


  1. askingquestion
    June 7, 2009

    Does “support[ing] unwed mothers” mean there is a prenatal life issue?

  2. Grateful Exile
    June 7, 2009

    Tiller’s funeral was “well attended”? Susan Jacoby noted in her blog piece “The Demonization of Abortion” in June 8 NYTimes the near absence of politicians at Tiller’s funeral:


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