Sunday, August 17, 2008

Please Allow Me to Vent...Obama & Abortion

Abortion is not a topic that I ever thought I would discuss. I am pro-life, but I have always felt that every argument on both sides had probably already been made. It is hard to change people's minds on this subject. Most of us have an opinion and hold on to it.

However.....After listening to Senator Obama last night during the Saddleback Church Forum, I was angry. That doesn't happen alot. Even as passionate as I am about energy, taxes, etc., I have never really been angry. So please allow me this one post and one post only to vent.

Both candidates last night were asked a series of questions, the same questions. Each was asked the following: At what point does a baby get human rights?

John McCain quickly stated, "At conception."

Barack Obama responded, "Whether you are looking at it from a theological perspective or a scientific perspective, answering that question with specificity, you know, is above my pay grade."

I am angered on so many levels. What exactly does he mean above his pay grade? If you are unable to answer this question, regardless of your stance, you do not deserve to be President. Here is my vent.

Why do so many people put their first sonogram picture on their refrigerators? The baby is only usually 8 weeks old. Ask someone who miscarries at 6 or 8 weeks, whether they lost a baby or not? Ask a woman who sits in a NICU praying for a baby who was born 26, 28, 32 weeks, whether it's a baby or not. Ask those mothers who try desperately to have a baby for years what they would do to be pregnant?

Barack Obama voted against the Born -Alive Infant Protection Act which would give rights to a baby that was born alive after surviving an abortion. They allow the baby to die without any medical attention. It's disgusting. I don't care it you are pro-choice, this should repulse you.

In a visit to Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Senator Obama had this to say about babies.

"I’ve got two daughters; 9 years old and 6 years old,” Obama said. “I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with baby."

I'm sorry, but babies are anything, but a punishment regardless of how they were conceived or brought into this world. He continues to amaze me in his level of ignorance.

I believe in a woman's right to choose. I believe women have the right to choose whether to have sex or not. I believe women have the right to decide who to have sex with. I believe women have a right to choose their birth control. I believe that women have a right to keep their baby or give it up for adoption. We have many choices in life. You have many choices before and after conception without considering abortion as a choice.

Regardless of your party, or even your stance on abortion, we should be suspicious of a man who has such little respect for human life. At the very least, he should be man enough to state his position.


Anonymous said...

Mr. Obama is talking nonsense.

The theological answer is rather clear. Just ask your theologian of choice.

On the recent issue, a failed abortion in the third term, it's difficult to see how science can be of any help: the baby is viable and the recognized health exception is clearly no longer relevant.

This was not the right question for him to be flippant or callous. He compounded his political mistake - one has to be out of his mind to vote the way he did - by not recognizing he made an egregious mistake.

Amy Proctor said...

Great rant, Stacy. This is a topic that deserves to make us angry. Obama doesn't want to be sound-byted into admitting that life begins at conception because his goal is to continue to promote that certain citizens have more rights than others, even to the point of deciding the death of the most vulnerable citizens. That is not a position he can defend so he must dance the dance. The good thing is that it is obvious and people see right through it. Your anger from one not usually angered on the issue is proof of that.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Stacy! I am one of those voters who NEVER thought abortion would be an issue that determined who I chose for President. Ultimately, the only say over abortion a President is going to have is Supreme Court appointments, just my opinion. However, as you pointed out, I am one of those mothers who miscarried(twice, once at 8 weeks, once at twelve). I am also a proud mom of a NICU survivor. (29 weeks at 2 lb. 5 oz) All of these babies are my children. When I read Senator Obama's stance, and looked at his record in the Illinois Senate, I actually couldn't sleep, because it was only our opinions as parents that our children were babies that kept my daughter and other MUCH smaller babies in her pod from being discarded like waste. Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of other issues where I disagree with Senator Obama. But this just disgusts me on a personal level.

Anonymous said...

I'm Pro-Life but I can see how my anger over Obama's comments could be shared by folks on many stripes on this issue.

I wonder exactly what pay grade is above the President of the United States. Why doesn't he just come straight out and say he is unqualified?

Then, to make matters worse for himself, the junior senator from Illinois then calls Pro-Lifers liars for noting he opposed the Born Alive Infant Protection Act and what that bill meant. Then his campaign admits 1 day later he got it wrong and the federal and state versions of the bills were actually identical.

He doesn't admit he was wrong. Doesn't admit he slandered Pro-Lifers. Still doesn't address the issue.

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