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Pope bluntly faults church’s focus on gays and abortion

The new pope’s words are likely to have repercussions in a church whose bishops and priests in many countries, including the United States, often appeared to make combating abortion, gay marriage and contraception their top public policy priorities.

Public faces: The gay rights movement's key advantage

In the cascade of comparisons made recently between abortion and same-sex marriage — and the specter of a political backlash arising from a Supreme Court ruling advancing gay marriage — one glaring distinction between the two issues has been largely overlooked by prognosticators: the power of coming out.

COMMENTARY: I didn’t ask for the anal probe! * | VIDEO

Legislators who are opposed to legal abortion have passed, or have attempted to pass, legislation that forces women seeking abortions to undergo medically unnecessary transvaginal ultrasounds. In these cases, the obvious purpose is to discourage abortions.

COMMENTARY: Who’s been hit with the stupid stick?

It’s been so, so stupid in political La-La Land of late. Bad stupid! One might have thought we’d enjoy a reprieve after the presidential elections. But, no.

COMMENTARY: I’ve had an abortion, but will my daughter be able to?

I’ve exercised my right to choose several times, and I live at peace with the full range of consequences, including my daughter. I hope she is able to exercise the same right. And I wonder: Will Roe v. Wade be here for her?

COMMENTARY: Is it politics or is it prejudice?

You have to ask yourself if you want to keep perpetuating the anger and hate and blame and bigotry and homophobia, or do you want to rise above that and vote for acceptance and tolerance and citizenship.

VIDEO: Ann Romney ignores questions on marriage equality, abortion

Ann Romney, wife of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, on Friday declined several opportunities to discuss her position on same-sex marriage and abortion, calling them “hot button issues” that are not important to voters.

COMMENTARY: Paul Ryan swaps unborn babies for vice presidency

So Republican voters beware: If Ryan will dump his long-time commitment to the nation’s unborn pre-voters just to get elected, imagine what other chicanery we could expect from him as vice president.

COMMENTARY: Say a prayer to whom?

Kit-Bacon Gressitt returns from studying in Spain to an America gone nuts: Censoring a female lawmaker for saying "vagina" in an abortion debate; a cross-waving bigot bashing General Mills over marriage equality; and a birther elected judge in San Diego County.