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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an effort to “promote safe and effective voluntary family planning programs in foreign nations”, on Jan 23, 2009 Obama rescinded the Mexico City Policy.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.

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.

    The Race for President: Barack Obama Analyzed

    Next in our series of analytics on presidential hopefuls we have Barack Obama. Please refer to my previous post documenting the criteria on which all the candidates are graded to get more detail on the standard of performance expected in these areas.

    About the Candidate: Democrat Barack Obama is the junior Senator from Illinois. He lived for most of his childhood in Hawaii and Jakarta, Indonesia. Obama worked as a university lecturer, and civil rights lawyer (an associate attorney with Miner, Barnhill & Galland from 1993 to 1996) before running for public office. He served in the Illinois State Senate from 1997 to 2004, before launching his campaign for U.S. Senate in 2003.

    Issue/Voting Criteria Candidate’s Stance Candidate’s Record Grade
    1. Strengthening the Family From Obama’s website
    “Strong families raise successful children and keep communities together. While Senator Obama does not believe that we can simply legislate healthy families, good parenting skills or economic success, he does believe we can eliminate roadblocks that parents face and provide tools to help them succeed.”
    From Obama’s website
    “Obama worked with churches, Chicago residents and local government to set up job training programs for the unemployed and after school programs for kids.”
    From the Washington Post
    -Obama voted against a bill to add an amendment to the Constitution of the United States defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
    From Project Vote Smart
    -Senator Obama did not vote on a bill that would have prohibited the government from funding organizations that perform abortions
    -He voted to authorize additional grants for sexual education programs in schools
    -He voted against a bill that criminalizes the transportation of pregnant minors across state lines to get an abortion.
    C
    1A. Pro-Life/Anti-Abortion From a Speech posted on his website
    -“I also think that we should give them (poor girls and boys) the information about contraception that can prevent unwanted pregnancies, lower abortion rates, and help assure that that every child is loved and cherished.”
    -Obama does not oppose abortion because he cannot “explain why abortion violates some principle that is accessible to people of all faiths, including those with no faith at all.”
    D
    1B. Pro-Traditional Marriage
    From His Website
    -“Obama also believes we need to fully repeal the Defense of Marriage Act” which mandates that the Federal Government may not recognize same-sex marriages
    -“Obama voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment, which would have defined marriage as between a man and a woman”
    F
    2. Defending Our Country From Obama’s website
    -“Senator Obama has fought to strengthen America’s position in the world.”
    -He “
    supported efforts to base homeland security spending on risk rather than pork-barrel politics. He has also introduced legislation to strengthen chemical plant and drinking water security and to enhance disaster preparedness.
    From Wikipedia.org
    Obama introduced the “Iraq War De-Escalation Act,” a bill proposing to cap troop levels in Iraq, begin phased redeployment, and remove all combat brigades from Iraq
    From the Washington Post
    -Obama supported the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 which would have provided a path to citizenship for millions of illegal aliens
    -Obama was one of 14 Senators that voted
    against a bill funding the troops in Iraq in May of 2007 .
    -Obama voted for the non-binding resolution (that was ultimately defeated) that would have revised U.S. policy on Iraq and directed the president to begin a phased redeployment (i.e. surrender) of U.S. forces
    From Project Vote Smart
    -Senator Obama voted to give terrorists detained in Guantanamo Habeus Corpus rights.
    -He voted against a bill that would deny legal status to undocumented immigrants convicted of felonies
    D
    2A. Defeating Terrorists From Obama’s website
    -Obama, in theory, opposes “the spread of weapons of mass destruction,” though he “said that [the Iraq War] was wrong in its conception…[and that] Saddam Hussein posed no imminent threat to the United States.”
    F
    2B. Protecting Our Borders From Obama’s website
    -“Barack Obama has played a leading role in crafting comprehensive immigration reform. ”
    -He believes the recent immigration debate “has allowed the illegal immigration problem to worsen, with borders that are less secure than ever and an economy that depends on millions of workers living in the shadows.”
    F
    3. Free Market Economic Policy From Remarks on Tax Fairness
    Obama seems to want to eliminate economic risk and have the government guarantee “that if you work hard, your work will be rewarded.”
    -“we should be insisting that everyone pays their fair share [of taxes], and when I’m
    President, they will.”
    From Wikipedia.org
    -As a state legislator, Obama sponsored a law enhancing tax credits for low-income workers, negotiated welfare reform, and promoted increased subsidies for child care.
    From the Washington Post
    -Obama voted against a bill that would have cut nearly $40 billion in waste from the federal budget by imposing substantial changes on welfare, child support and student lending programs.
    -He voted against establishing a free trade zone between the United States and several Central American countries
    From Project Vote Smart
    -Obama voted against repealing the estate tax (or death tax) because, he says, it only benefits the wealthiest Americans
    -He voted for the SCHIP (State Children’s Health Insurance Program) bill which would have provide government health care to children up to age 25 and poor families up to $80,000 in yearly income.
    F
    3A. Lower Taxes From Remarks on Tax Fairness
    -Obama believes that the current tax system “disproportionately benefits the wealthiest
    Americans” (even though the wealthier you are the higher tax rate you pay).
    -Obama opposes “the Bush tax cuts” because it “gave the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans a tax cut that was twice as large as the middle class.”
    -yet he says he would “reward work by providing an income tax cut of up to $500 per person” which sounds awfully similiar to the Bush tax cuts.
    -Obama supports “cutting taxes for working people, homeowners, and seniors”
    D
    3B. Smaller Government From Obama’s website
    -Finding a right in the constitution that I have never seen, Obama says “every American has the right to affordable health care,” and proposes a massive “new national health plan.”
    -Obama opposes any legislation he considers “threats to Social Security and Medicare.”
    From Wikipedia.org
    -“I am absolutely determined that by the end of the first term of the next president, we should have universal health care in this country.”
    F

    Now this a bit of a surprise to me, but Barack Obama comes out with a grade point average of 0.56, even lower than Hillary Clinton. It turns out that Barack and Hillary score exactly the same (dismally low) on Strengthening the Family and Economic issues. But Barack’s record on defense and national security issues is far worse than Hillary’s (and her’s is not very good either).

    The Race for President: Mitt Romney Analyzed

    I thought I would start my analysis of presidential candidates with an in-depth look at my current preferred candidate, Mitt Romney. As you can see below, I have analyzed what the candidate has said on the issues (his stance) and what he has done (his record). I really enjoyed this exercise (a sign of a true political junkie) and look forward to going through this exercise for the other major candidates.

    About the candidate: Mitt Romney (Republican) is the former governor of Massachusetts (serving 2003 through 2007). He is a former CEO of Bain & Company, a management consulting firm, and the co-founder of Bain Capital, a private equity investment firm. He also served as president and CEO of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.

    Issue/Voting Criteria Candidate’s Stance Candidate’s Record Grade
    1. Strengthening the Family “America cannot continue to lead the family of nations around the world if we suffer the collapse of the family here at home.” Gov Romney, Feb 26, 2005
    From Wikipedia.org
    -Faced with the dilemma of choosing between same-sex marriage or civil unions after the MA Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriages, Romney reluctantly backed a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage but still allowing civil unions
    -Romney endorsed a petition effort led by the Coalition for Marriage & Family that would have banned same-sex marriage and made no provisions for civil unions

    From OnTheIssues.org
    -Romney vetoed legislation to expand stem cell research because it allowed the cloning of human embryos for use in stem cell experiments–a practice Romney said amounts to creating life in order to destroy it.
    -Romney vetoed legislation that would have made the Abortion pill available without a prescription

    A
    1A. Pro-Life/Anti-Abortion Though running as pro-choice in a 1994 senate race, Romney has more recently said, “I am pro-life. I believe that abortion is the wrong choice except in cases of incest, rape, and to save the life of the mother… I believe that the states… should determine their own abortion laws and not have them dictated by judicial mandate.” Gov Romney, Boston Globe, July 26, 2005
    B
    1B. Pro-Traditional Marriage
    “We respect hard work … We are self reliant, we respect human life, we are a religious people… We are a purpose-driven people founded on the family unit. I think every child deserves to have a mother and a father.” Gov Romney, March 19, 2006
    A
    2. Defending Our Country “We need to increase our investment in national defense. This means adding at least 100,000 troops and making a long-overdue investment in equipment, armament, weapons systems, and strategic defense…We are going to need at least an additional $30-$40 billion annually over the next several years to modernize our military, fill gaps in troop levels, ease the strain on our National Guard and Reserves.” (Gov Romney, “Rising To A New Generation Of Global Challenges,” July/August 2007)
    From a Mitt Romney Press Release
    -In December 2006, Romney signed a memorandum of agreement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to deputizing state troopers to enforce immigration laws.
    -Romney vetoed a Massachusetts bill to provide in-state tuition for illegal immigrants.

    According to Tim Cruz of National Review Online
    -Romney provided an influx of $700,000 in state aid to faith-based and community groups working to solve the crime problem
    -He established an $11 million statewide gang prevention program in 2005
    -Under Romney’s leadership, the total number of MA State Police grew by nearly 200 Troopers to the highest in the agency’s history.
    -He championed “Melanie’s Law,” the toughest drunk driving law in the state’s history

    A
    2A. Defeating Terrorists “Today, as we stare at the face of radical violent Jihad and at the prospect of nuclear epidemic, our military might should not be subject to the whims of ever-changing political agendas. The best ally of peace is a strong America.” Gov Romney, Dearborn, MI, 2/13/07
    A
    2B. Protecting Our Borders “We need to make America more attractive for legal immigrants — for citizens — and less attractive for illegal immigrants. I want to see more immigration in our country, but more legal immigration and less illegal immigration.” Gov Romney, June 23, 2006
    A
    3. Free Market Economic Policy CNBC’s Larry Kudlow: “I think [Romney’s] a real capitalist. I think he’s a free market capitalist. I think he’s a supply-sider. He talked to me a lot about keeping the Bush tax cuts in place and lowering the corporate income tax” (MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” 8/30/07)
    From Wikipedia.org
    -Upon entering office in 2003, Romney faced a $1.2 billion deficit

    -Through spending cuts and lower taxes, and removal of tax loopholes the State had a $700 million surplus by 2006

    -Romney increased the state gasoline tax by 2 cents per gallon

    -The state legislature with Romney’s support also cut spending by $1.6 billion

    -Romney sought additional cuts in his last year as Massachusetts governor by vetoing nearly 250 items in the state budget.

    A
    3A. Lower Taxes “I want to lower taxes. I want to lower marginal rates across the board. I want to lower taxes for corporations – we’re high relative to our competition around the world.” (CNBC’s “Kudlow & Company,” 8/28/07)
    B
    3B. Smaller Government Gov. Romney “imposed some much-needed fiscal discipline on a very liberal Massachusetts legislature.” (The Club For Growth, Press Release, 8/21/07)

    “I don’t want to add entitlements. I want to find ways to reform our entitlement programs.” Gov Romney, Boston Globe, Jan 27, 2006

    A

    Romney’s grade point average, therefore, comes out to be 3.78 on a 4 point scale. He got a perfect score in 7 of the 9 categories. The two issues on which he was penalized were Pro-Life/Anti-Abortion (for his pro-choice stance in the 1990s) and Lower Taxes (for supporting a gasoline tax increase). Overall, not a bad showing for Romney.

    The Race for President: My Selection Criteria

    The first presidential primaries and caucuses will begin in just over a month (Iowa on Jan 3, 2008 and New Hampshire on Jan 8, 2008), and within three months, the Republican and Democrat presidential nominees will be known. While still early in the process, I want to let my presidential selection criteria be known and analyze how some of the major candidates measure up. In this post, I will lay out the criteria; in future posts, I will analyze how well prominent candidates’ policy and action meet those requirements.

    1. Strengthening the Family A president who will enact policies and make decisions that will strengthen the Family is the most important issue to me because, as you have seen in my previous posts, I believe that most of societal ills can be rooted back to a break down in traditional family values.
    1A. Pro-Life/Anti-Abortion I want to elect a president who shares my belief that life is sacred from the moment it is conceived. Right now, the abortion policy in America is governed by the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v Wade decision, which I believe is bad law in itself and morally wrong as well. The way in which a president can influence this policy is through appointments to the Supreme Court.
    1B. Pro-Traditional Marriage A major part of strengthening families is defending the traditional family structure: father, mother, children. Marriage, as defined by one man and one women, is under attack in America and certain government policies and programs, like welfare, have been known to undermine the role of the father in the home. A president who will defend the institution of marriage is critical.
    2. Defending Our Country To “provide for the common defense” is one of the constitutionally endowed duties of the federal government. A strong military and political sovereignty are necessary to do this. The president, who is also commander in chief of our armed forces, must have shown through word and deed, their ability to lead the defense of our nation.
    2A. Defeating Terrorists The fight against global terrorism is an extremely important issue at this time. George Bush has done an excellent job in leading this war on many fronts: in Afghanistan, in Iraq, in de-funding terrorist organizations around the world. We need the next president to be equally tough and continue to fight and win this war.
    2B. Protecting Our Borders Bush’s record on border security is, on the other hand, abysmal and we need our next president to take serious steps to secure our borders. Illegal immigrants, many of whom have criminal records and links to drug cartels and terrorist organizations, are pouring across our borders at the rate of nearly a million a year. Our nation cannot remain sovereign and secure if this influx continues.
    3. Free Market Economic Policy I’m not sure when the president of the United States became chief economist (maybe it was Bill Clinton’s “it’s the economy, stupid” comment in the 1992 presidential race), but regardless, the president is held accountable by the American people for economic policy and its success. I want to elect a president who believes, as I do, in free market economies and that capitalism works.
    3A. Lower Taxes A key component of economic policy that I endorse is lowering taxes. Keeping taxes low is both morally right (not taking an individual’s hard earned money) and economically right (it spurs economic activity and fosters growth). It is important to elect a president who will support legislation to lower Americans’ tax burden, which now averages about 33% of their total income.
    3B. Smaller Government Integral with economic policy and lower taxes is the need for smaller government. As the size of government shrinks, personal liberty increases. Having a government that is as small and un-intrusive as possible without also being impotent was a key issue for our founding fathers. Since that time, our government has grown to the point that it consumes more than 20% of our nation’s GDP. Now this is a tall order, but we need a president like Ronald Reagan who believes that “government is not a solution to our problem, government is the problem.”

    So in the next few days and weeks, I will analyze each of the major presidential candidates, their policies and actions in the areas outlined above. I will objectively score them against these criteria and in the process determine who I would select to receive my vote for the next president of the United States.

    Please note that the list of criteria above is not meant to be exhaustive. If additional issues arise that I deem vitally important, I reserve the right to amend and update the list. If you, the reader, notice any gaping holes in my presidential selection criteria, please feel free to contact me.