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Stopping Abortions, Protecting Human Life Not Above a President's Pay Grade ^ | August 19, 2008 | Deal Hudson

Posted on 08/19/2008 2:08:53 PM PDT by Note: Deal W. Hudson is the director of the Morley Institute for Church & Culture and, and is the former publisher and editor of CRISIS Magazine, a Catholic monthly. He is the author of six books and his articles and comments have been published in many newspapers and magazines

It's a truism that anyone running for President shouldn't answer a question by saying "that's above my pay grade."

After all, if you want to occupy the White House there is no higher pay grade – you are the boss, and the buck stops with you.

But Barack Obama used precisely that expression when asked by Rick Warren when life begins.

Obama said, "Whether you're looking at it from a theological perspective or a scientific perspective, answering that question with specificity . . . is above my pay grade."

How can a man who has voted three times on the Born Again Infant Protection Act be unable to answer that question with "specificity." Does he mean that he voted against BAIPA without having an answer to that question?

You would think someone casting a vote on BAIPA would know where he stands on when a human life begins. Otherwise, what is he basing his vote upon? What factor is more important?

Obama made the telling mistake of pitting the truth of science against the truth of theology. That remark is almost more disturbing than his unwillingness to reveal his opinion on a matter of great importance to most Americans.

He evidently thinks there are two truths in contradiction to each other. And his implication is clear: Theology teaches life begins at conception, but science sees it differently.

Wait a minute; isn't this supposed to be the faith-friendly Democratic candidate for president? Why would Obama throw theology under the science bus?

It's not a matter of being a scientist or a theologian; the determining factor is whether or not you believe in a "right to choose."

Those, like Obama, who hold that ideology, have come to the conclusion that life does not begin at conception, regardless of what theology and science teach.

Doug Kmiec is right to point out that upholding a woman's right to choose is what has determined Obama's outlook on abortion. This is why the phrase "abortion should be safe, legal, and rare" was taken out of the platform of the Democratic Party.

As Kmiec, an Obama supporter puts it, "To impose either safe, or legal, or rare is, to him, to have the government displace the woman's freedom."

Kmiec also endorses Obama's view that truth is a matter of perspective, i.e., depending on one's point of view. "As [Obama} sees it, Roe is not an endorsement of abortion, so much as an affirmation that abortion is a moral question for which only the potential mother can give answer."

Passing over the issue of whether the father should have any say in the matter, it's strange indeed that a choice about life and death should be awarded, free from interference, to a single person.

Where is the unborn child's advocate? In the world of Barack Obama, as described by Prof. Kmiec, the child has no advocate; the mother's freedom is inviolate.

For Kmiec, all this makes "Barack Obama a different type of candidate." Maybe I am missing something, but I think there's nothing at all different about Obama – for him, a woman's right to choose trumps every other constraint.

Sounds like the standard pro-abortion argument to me.

When Rick Warren asked John McCain the same question he didn't hesitate. He answered that life begins "at the moment of conception." McCain's twenty-five year pro-life voting record has made him pretty clear on that point.

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: abortion; election; murder; obama
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To: HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity; quintr; All

OBAMA: One of the things I strongly believe is that we are not going to, as individuals, erase evil from the world. That is God’s task. But we can be soldiers in that process, and we can confront it when we see it.

LIMBAUGH: What did Obama do when he saw this evil? (Infanticide) Did he confront it as one of God’s soldiers, or did he facilitate it? He facilitated it. He facilitated the evil. The answer now from the Obama campaign is clear: Obama facilitated evil in order to protect abortion on demand, which was never threatened in the bill in the first place. That much, apparently, was not “above [his] pay grade.”

21 posted on 08/19/2008 3:35:25 PM PDT by (A Catholic Respect Life Curriculum is available FREE at
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To: trumandogz

Can’t disagree with you one iota on that!

Was a NTL delegate in 1992 and alternate in 1996, fighting
to keep the pro-life plank in the platform.

Yet, all 6 Republican appointed justices voted to
let Terri be starved to death.

22 posted on 08/19/2008 3:39:04 PM PDT by Lesforlife
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In a society with MEN worthy of the term, there would be no abortion performed without there first being a father doing hard time for his manly willingness to sacrifice his life for that of his son or daughter.

Abortion is a commentary on the men who permit it. The buck stops here - that IS our pay grade.

23 posted on 08/19/2008 3:39:17 PM PDT by LearsFool ("Thou shouldst not have been old, till thou hadst been wise.")
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Interesting how this election may come down to the abortion issue and the Catholic pro-life vote.

Obama has almost achieved the impossible: making his own negatives rather than those of the Iraq war the cutting issue. This was supposed to be the Democrats' year, they could waltz right into the White House.

24 posted on 08/19/2008 3:56:57 PM PDT by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: Lesforlife
May be viewed by history as the turning point in the election!


25 posted on 08/19/2008 6:02:07 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand
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To:; antonius

26 posted on 08/19/2008 10:22:02 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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