Obama on Abortion

It took only three days for our new President Obama to begin to do his part to expand the number of abortions performed throughout the world. In an effort to “promote safe and effective voluntary family planning programs in foreign nations”, on Jan 23, 2009 Obama rescinded the Mexico City Policy. This policy prohibited nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) from receiving US federal dollars “to pay for the performance of abortions as a method of family planning, or to motivate or coerce any person to practice abortions.” (see the president’s memorandum titled Mexico City Policy and Assistance for Voluntary Population Planning)

FoxNews says this immoral stance on abortion is “a new foreign policy confrontation is in the making — with the Vatican.” In an article called Obama Administration, Vatican Clash Over Abortion, they say Obama is taking heat from the Roman Catholic Church after he ended the ban on federal funding to international groups that perform or promote abortions. “Among the many good things that he could have done, Barack Obama instead chose the worst,” said Monsignor Elio Sgreccia, a top official with the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life.

Of course, Obama’s move to expand abortion should come as no surprise to any American voter who paid the slightest bit of attention to the recent presidential campaign. As you can see in the video below, when a reporter asked Barack when he thinks a baby begins to have “human rights”, Obama fumbled around and eventually said it was “above my pay grade.” The video contrasts Obama’s response with that of his defeated opponent, John McCain. Without hesitation, when asked when a baby has human rights, McCain said “at the moment of conception.”

I have heard of people, otherwise opposed to abortion, that nevertheless supported Obama saying the President has little say over the issue and that Barack actually wants to reduce the number of abortions, as mentioned in the video. But as we have seen in the first week of the Obama presidency, the President does have a big say on the issue of abortion in the way of executive orders (not to mention Supreme Court appointees). And any so-called desire by Obama to reduce abortion, it seems to me, is merely lip service to his supports of religious faith and a moral conscience. But Obama’s belief and actions are firmly pro-abortion, because, as we know from this second brief video clip below, Obama feels an unplanned pregnancy is a “punishment” women should not have to endure.

Planned Parenthood: The Secret History

Planned Parenthood is an organization that provides “reproductive health” services; that’s code, by the way, for abortions. In fact, they are the country’s leading provider of abortions. In 2007, as reported on their own Web site, Planned Parenthood provided 305,310 abortions. Planned Parenthood actively opposes reasonable laws intended to reduce abortions such as laws requiring parental consent for girls under the age of 18 to have an abortion. Planned Parenthood also promotes the use of what it calls “emergency contraception” which is actually the abortion pill, mifepristone (called RU-486 when it was being developed).

The actual purpose of this post is not to go into detail regarding the atrocities of this organization; what I want to do is delve into the history of how Planned Parenthood was started. In 1921 Margaret Sanger incorporated the American Birth Control League, which later, in 1942, changed its name to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. Since then, it has grown to about 880 clinic locations in the United States, 80 percent of which, according to Jonah Goldberg, are in or near minority communities.

Sanger “sought to ban reproduction of the unfit and regulate reproduction for everybody else.” Sanger wrote in her 1922 book The Pivot of Civilization, “more children from the fit, less from the unfit–this is the chief issue of birth control.” Her book featured an introduction by H.G. Wells where he said, “we want fewer and better children…and we cannot make the social life and the world-peace we are determined to make, with the ill-bred, ill-trained swarms of inferior citizens that you inflict on us.” Both Sanger and Wells were committed Progressives and both supportive of eugenics.

In her “Code to Stop Overproduction of Children,” published in 1934, Sanger decreed that “no woman shall have a legal right to bear a child without a permit…no permit shall be valid for more than one child.” “In a trope that would be echoed by later feminists such as Betty Friedan, she argued that motherhood itself was a socially imposed constraint on the liberty of women.” In 1939 Sanger created the “Negro Project,” which aimed to get blacks to adopt birth control. The project’s racist intent was clear, as the report read, “The mass of significant Negroes still breed carelessly and disastrously, with the result that the increase among Negroes…is [in] that portion of the population least intelligent and fit.”

For those that say the American Birth Control League and Margaret Sanger is in the past and not relevant to today’s Planned Parenthood, Faye Wattleton, Planned Parenthood’s first black president, would disagree. She said she was “proud” to be “walking in the footsteps of Margaret Sanger” in her Humanist of the Year Acceptance Speech in 1986. Interestingly, though, today’s Planned Parenthood is in fact far more barbaric than Sanger ever imagined. Sanger actually denounced abortion as “barbaric” and called abortion doctors “bloodsucking men with M.D. after their names.”

I’ll leave you with this despicable, twisted Holiday greeting from Planned Parenthood’s website:

Quotes taken from Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning by Jonah Goldberg

Obama’s Record on Abortion: He Supports It Whenever, Wherever and For Whomever

I disagree with Senator Barack Obama’s political stance on just about every issue from the size and scope of government to foreign policy. But even if you threw out all those other reason’s, I would still have to oppose him on one issue of immense proportion: Abortion.

The Democratic presidential candidate was recently asked “When does a baby get human rights?” And this was his response: “Well, uh, you know, I think that whether you’re looking at it from a theological perspective or, uh, a scientific perspective, uh, answering that question with specificity, uh, you know, is, is, uh, above my pay grade.” See the article in the Boston Herald.

You can see the hesitation in his voice and how uncomfortable he is with this issue. And rightly so, he has a horrendous record on the subject. Basically, he supports abortion whenever, wherever and for whomever. Let’s examine his record:

  • Obama voted to allow minors to cross state lines for abortion, and he voted against notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions. Barack Obama on abortion from OnTheIssues.org.
  • When a state Senator in Illinois, Obama never supported the Illinois Born Alive Infant Protection Act. The Born Alive Infant Protection Act is legislation that requires doctors to give medical attention to infants that survive a botched abortion. Barack opposed it and here are Obama’s 10 reasons for supporting infanticide. By the way, this law was passed on the national level in 2002, before Obama was elected to the US Senate.
  • NARAL (the National Abortion Rights Action League) gave Barack Obama a score of 100% in 2005, 2006, and 2007 for his pro-abortion congressional record. On a side note, not knowing what NARAL stood for, I attempted to go to their Web site, but the Church internet filters preventing me from even going to the site. I had to look up the acronym on Wikipedia.
  • Obama has been rated 0% by the NRLC (National Right to Life Committee). A score of 0% – 15% indicates a pro-abortion stance, 16%- 84% is a mixed record on abortion and 85%-100% is a pro-life stance.
  • As I person who supports life and opposes abortion on-demand, I cannot support Barack Obama. And honestly, I do not understand how any pro-life, anti-abortion person could support him.