Carrying Forth the Great Gift
of Freedom and
Delivering it Safely to Future Generations
Part Two of Two
the spirit of "bringing us together," President
Barack Obama reportedly will soon unveil one
pro-abortion initiative, according to published
reports, with the timing of two others still
There appears to be little
doubt Obama will soon eliminate the Mexico City
Policy by executive order. This would mean money
would be funneled into the eager hands of groups
such as International Planned Parenthood who
perform abortions and/or agitate to undermine
the protective abortion laws of foreign nations.
Also under active
consideration is the elimination of Health and
Human Services' recently enacted conscience
clause and the lifting of President Bush's ban
on federal funding of the kind of stem cell
research that requires the killing of human
The ink is barely dry on HHS's
rule which offers protection to health workers
who refuse to perform abortion-related services.
And even though there is a plethora of ethically
acceptable (and far more promising) alternatives
to harvesting stem cells from human embryos,
Obama is contemplating action that would shovel
your tax dollars into the ultra-controversial
embryonic stem cell research, according to the
Los Angeles Times. He could do so by executive
order, or (as Obama has told CNN he might) wait
for Congress to send him legislation to
accomplish the same goal.
In Part One, I talked about
the irony of President Obama's full-throated
support for the abortion agenda of PPFA and
NARAL in light of his own early history. If you
removed his name, PPFA could use the particulars
of his situation as a poster child for the kind
of child who would have been "better off"
A number of people responded
to yesterday's edition, including
self-identified African-Americans. A couple
pointed to the frightening number of abortions
obtained by black women.
How prevalent? Using 2004
data, there were 10.5 abortions per 1,000 white
women ages 15 to 44, compared with 28 per 1,000
Hispanic women of that age and 50 per 1,000
black women. As the Washington Post phrased it,"
That translates into approximately 1 percent of
white women having an abortion in 2004, compared
with 3 percent of Hispanic women and 5 percent
of black women."
respondent pointed to the association between
obtaining an induced abortion and a 30%
increased risk of breast cancer. This greater
risk translates into not only more breast
cancer, but deadlier.
This same writer quoted from a
2006 New York Times article, which read, "Among
pre-menopausal black women with breast cancer,
39 percent had the more dangerous kind, called a
'basal like' subtype, compared with only 14
percent of older black women and 16 percent of
non-black women of any age."
One other point: Speaking on
another topic Tuesday, Obama spoke of rejecting
"false" choices and of how the "ideals" of the
Founding Father's "charter" [the Constitution]
"still light the world."
Pro-lifers agree. We
categorically reject the false choice between
looking out for the mother and protecting her
child. We don't choose up sides between mother
and child. We say, as we always have, love them
Obama is also correct that
those ideals do still light the world. And what
ideal is more central to our national
understanding than that everyone--not just the
planned, the perfect, and the
post-natal--deserves to be shielded from
injustice and discrimination?
In his conclusion, Obama spoke
of "storms" that "may come." While he was
obviously not speaking about our great Movement,
I think the sentiments apply perfectly:
"Let it be said by our
children's children that when we were tested we
refused to let this journey end, that we did not
turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed
on the horizon and God's grace upon us, we
carried forth that great gift of freedom and
delivered it safely to future generations."