Obama on abortion

26 01 2009

In the news this past week, President Barack Obama struck down a rule that prohibits U.S. money from funding international family-planning clinics that promote abortion.  In a statement, Obama said he had “no desire to continue this stale and fruitless debate.”  Obama also said, “In the coming weeks, my administration will initiate a fresh conversation on family planning, working to find areas of common ground to best meet the needs of women and families at home and around the world.”  Common ground, eh?  Also notice that he made the controversial change and then said in future weeks he will start fresh conversation on it.  Sure sounds like he’s already made up his mind.

Obama defended his action, saying, “It is my conviction that taxpayer funds should not be used to pay for abortion or actively promote abortion.”  So they’re not paying for the abortion, just giving money to the places that promote abortion and do counseling for abortion.  But doesn’t that contradict the last part of his statement?  Also, some of these groups that will get funded support abortion as a means of population control.

Representative Tom Price said this about Obama’s actions:

“This is a stunning reversal of course from the president’s campaign statements that he hoped to reduce the number of abortions.  Just a day after thousands of Americans came to Washington to celebrate the principle of life, President Obama has made it clear that reducing abortions is not one of his priorities.”

This doesn’t surprise me at all.  Let’s recall something Obama said about his own daughters that’s somewhat related to this issue:

Look, I got two daughters — 9 years old and 6 years old.  I am going to teach them first about values and morals, but if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby. ~ Barack Obama

So there we see where Obama really stands on the abortion issue.  I know, he was talking about sex education when he said that.  But note the use of the word “punished”.  To him, an unplanned, unwanted baby is punishment.  It seems logical that his view on unwanted babies would translate to abortion.  He wouldn’t want his daughters to be “punished with a baby” if they made a “mistake”.  Plus we see that he’s changing laws to support more abortion.  It’s not just protecting women who were raped or whose lives are in danger during birth — if the woman makes “a mistake”, then he thinks they shouldn’t be “punished with a baby”.  That’s immoral.

Obama also said this week, “They will also work to promote safe motherhood, reduce maternal and infant mortality rates and increase educational and economic opportunities for women and girls.”  So promoting more abortions reduces infant mortality rates?  Uhh… it’s increasing infant mortality rates, because the abortion process KILLS babies.  (Say what you will about that, but if they aren’t alive, why do they have to kill them?)

Some politicians are excited about this new plan, thinking it will be good.  One such person is Senator John Kerry, who said, “Today’s announcement is a very powerful signal to our neighbors around the world that the United States is once again back in the business of good public policy and ideology no longer blunts our ability to save lives around the globe.”  Yep, he said more abortions save lives.  I realize there are cases where the mother’s life is in jeopardy if something goes wrong during childbirth, but I’m still against abortion, even in those cases.  Here’s the better plan — praying to God and believing for a miracle.  He still does miracles, in case you didn’t know.

In a related and ironic note, a group used the story of Obama’s life to create a pro-life ad.  Click here to watch it.




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