Skip to comments.When Does Human Life Begin? Obama's Pro-Abortion Answer Hill Downfall
Posted on 08/25/2008 3:58:16 PM PDT by wagglebee
LifeNews.com Note: Carl Anderson is the Supreme Knight of the 1.75 million-member Knights of Columbus, the largest lay Catholic organization in the world. On a national and local level the Knights of Columbus is one of the most active groups supporting the pro-life cause.
In November, as we look back on the results of the 2008 presidential contest, I suspect that we'll conclude that Aug. 16 was the day that Barack Obama lost the race.
At the Saddleback Civic Forum on the Presidency, evangelicals had their chance to meet Mr. Obama and to compare his brand of Christianity to theirs. When Mr. Obama said: "Jesus Christ died for my sins, and I am redeemed through him," the evangelical audience was on the same page.
Pastor Rick Warren then posed his question about abortion - a pivotal issue for evangelical Christian and Catholic voters alike - this way: "At what point does a baby get human rights, in your view?" It was a question of how Mr. Obama's faith would inform his conscience and his policy. The Illinois senator's answer - "Answering that question with specificity, you know, is above my pay grade" - fell flat, both because it seemed to many people to be a casual answer to a very serious question, and because it simply did not connect with a Christian audience for whom it is an article of faith that God is the author of life.
Every member of the congregation sitting in that church could recite the familiar passage from Jeremiah 1:5 by heart: "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you." Or Psalm 139: "I formed you in your mother's womb." In fact, Mr. Warren quoted that psalm a day after the Saddleback Forum, shortly after saying "to just say 'I don't know' on the most divisive issue in America is not a clear enough answer for me."
Taking the "I don't know" approach is quite different from the one commonly used by pro-choice Catholics like former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, who begins by stating a personal belief shared by most Catholics and evangelicals, that abortion is wrong, but then offers not to "impose" his belief as a public official. This formulation is popular among pro-choice Catholics of both parties, from Democrats Joe Biden and Kathleen Sebelius to Republicans Tom Ridge and Susan Collins.
But Mr. Obama conspicuously declined to say abortion is wrong, saying simply, "I believe in Roe v. Wade." The clear implication was that he doesn't believe that abortion is wrong. Throughout the primary season, he had been speaking about faith in a way that had Catholics and evangelicals listening carefully.
But this time, the message didn't resonate. He professed an interest in addressing the question, "how do we reduce the number of abortions?" But he made no effort to explain why they should be reduced, saying only that "there is a moral and ethical element to this issue."
Then, Mr. Obama added, "if you believe that life begins at conception... then I can't argue with you on that because that is a core issue of faith for you."
But it's a scientific fact, not an "issue of faith," that each human being's life begins at conception. To suggest, as he did, that it is more a matter of theology than biology was hardly the sympathetic attitude that this audience was looking for. Instead of connecting with them, he may well have alienated many of them.
The real question, posed precisely by Mr. Warren, is when "does a baby get human rights?" But even if there is disagreement over precisely when those rights should be recognized, can there really be any doubt when a baby is just weeks away from delivery? Why must late-term abortions remain free from restrictions?
Mr. Obama understands the issue as well as anyone in America - and better than most. While he was a student at Harvard Law School, he did research for Lawrence Tribe, when the well-known law professor was writing "Abortion: The Clash of Absolutes."(Mr. Tribe thanks him warmly, by name, in the book.)
Mr. Obama's words at Saddleback and actions as a legislator leave no doubt about where he stands. He opposed a partial-birth abortion bill that passed in the Senate by a 2-1 margin, and later criticized the Supreme Court for upholding the law. As an Illinois state senator, he was among a handful of legislators who opposed a state version of the Born Alive Infants Protection Act. And he has promised that the first thing he'd do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act, eliminating all existing restrictions on abortion, including the Hyde Amendment's ban on federal funding.
Saddleback provided a unique opportunity for Mr. Obama. Evangelicals have been very conscious of his having made a deliberate decision to embrace Christianity. But many had been uneasy about Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ and Rev. Jeremiah Wright's espousal of Black Liberation Theology. They were listening for reassurance on Aug. 16, but heard something quite different.
As a result, I think we may look back and find that Mr. Obama's inroads among evangelicals and Catholics ended at Saddleback.
There NEVER should have been any "inroads" made!
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Obviously a new human life begins at the moment of conception. It is human, not a mass of tissue, as the feminazis say.
That life begins at conception, is a “core issue of faith?”
Interesting that the libs do not so categorize the belief that the ancestor, a billion years ago, was a protozoan, or the ancestor a few million years ago was a type of monkey; that’s not called a core issue of faith. But the entity that is conceived by humans, let’s not be hasty and call that a human life! That’s just your faith talking.
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Especially considering that in the absence of an abortion or medical problem, a fetus will ALWAYS become a living, breathing human being.
However, the left doesn't accept "normal" processes -- when you or I look into a toilet, we see something that needs to be flushed, a leftist sees potential artwork.
It is time that we demand real change, and real change means the end of Roe vs. Wade.
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Yep. Or show them a baby and ask them to look back 10 million years, they say “that’s an ape!” but ask them to look back 9 months and they say “Duhhh, that’s above my pay grade.”
Your list is great.It would be nice to see a list of the Bishops who have spoken out in defense of the Church’s position on abortion.
Of all the lies he's told, this is the slickest.
Natural facts are not issues of "faith." To short-circuit reality and say, "it is not necessary to establish and accept facts," implying that one's "faith" makes doing so unnecessary, is the ultimate, de-constructionist coup. It's voluntary insanity.
It was no different than Bill Clinton saying, "I'll define "is" the way I want to, you define it the way you want to." It is wanton rebellion against the laws of logic.
It's not good for people to elect a leader who practices something like that.
PB put himself way out there with his voting record. While the traditional argument has been pro-abortion and pro-life; most people see that as an argument between life starting at birth or conception. OB went way overboard with allowing a born baby to be killed by negligience or worse. How many people agree with that? I’m thinking less than .001%.
I’m going to venture off the reservation here. Does it really matter one whit the way one votes when it comes to ending infanticide?
Contrary to the views of (I suspect) most assembled here, I don’t think it does. If Sen. Obama is elected, the status quo won’t change much. Infanticide will remain legal. However if Sen. McCain is elected, the staus quo won’t change much either. Infanticide will likely remain legal. And I base that on what we’ve seen under several years of GOP control of all three branches of government. The GOP had every opportunity to make serious inroads toward ending the savage practice. Yet it didn’t. So why should any pro-creation conservative get excited about the prospect of a McCain presidency?
Of course I take it as a given that those who are pro-creation will not vote for Sen. Obama. I know I won’t, but it’s not because I think it’s going to change the legal situation with regard to unborn children.
I think this really gets to a bigger issue that we who are pro-creation tend to avoid talking about: whether approaching abortion from the perspective of partisan politics makes any sense.
And you are 100% right as far as you go, but this is not a reason to give up the fight , this is the time to fight all the harder for Social conservatives as well as fiscal conservatives.
We need to elect leaders that are willing to be crucified in the press for drawing a line in the sand and saying this far and no farther.
Men and women of honor that are willing to stand up for the truth when the rest of the world says to sit down.
"Given your "belief" in Roe v. Wade, at what point should your mother have been allowed to abort you?"