“Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for and cherished and always safe from harm.That is our generation’s task, to make these works, these rights, these values of life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness real for every American.”- President Barack Obama, January 21, 2013
Yesterday morning I left the office early so that I could watch a bit of the inauguration. Specifically, I was interested in the ceremonial oath of office and the speech the President would give. The above quotation came from his second inaugural address and as I sat on the couch watching it, I couldn’t help but be struck by irony of his words. “Our journey is not complete until all our children…are cared for and cherished and always safe from harm.”
- Let’s talk recent history first. The healthcare law which was the hallmark of the President’s first term forces employers to provide their employers with abortion inducing drugs. Without getting into the religious liberty implications of this, it is easy to see that destroying a life during this early and vulnerable stage of development is certainly not keeping our children safe from harm.
- Alright, I’ll acknowledge that there are many Americans who (wrongly) have no problem with drugs that induce the destruction of life if it is done early enough in a pregnancy. For whatever reason, it seems that many have an easier time rationalizing an abortion if it is done in the earliest days of a pregnancy. Well, unfortunately, President Obama’s support for killing unborn children goes well beyond the earliest days of a pregnancy. In 1997, he opposed a bill that would prevent partial birth abortion. Take a few minutes to read about the procedure. It will turn your stomach. Is this keeping our children safe from harm?
- Okay, surely President Obama would support caring for a child if the attempt to medically murder the child is not successful? I mean, surely at this point, outside the womb, a child is deserving of protection from harm. Nope, not even this child deserves protection according to the thinking of the President. Think about how hypocritical it is to say you want to keep children safe from harm and yet support them being murdered after they are removed, alive, from the womb.
Here are some quotes from the President from 2001 when he was still serving in Illinois and in which he voiced his opinion about the “Born Alive Infant Protection Act.”
“Senator O’Malley, the testimony during the committee indicated that one of the key concerns was — is that there was a method of abortion, an induced abortion, where the — fetus or child, as — as some might describe it, is still temporarily alive outside the womb.” p.85
“Whenever we define a previable fetus as a person that is protected by the equal protection clause or the other elements on the Constitution, what we’re really saying is, in fact, that they are persons that are entitled to the kinds of protections that would be provided — a child, a nine-month-old — child that was delivered to term. That determination then, essentially, if it was accepted by a court, would forbid abortions to take place. I mean, it — it would essentially bar abortions, because the equal protection clause does not allow somebody to kill a child.” p. 86
Source: Illinois Senate Transcripts
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Mr. President, the words you said yesterday rang hollow and any further rhetoric about protecting children will also ring hollow because of your unwillingness to protect the most vulnerable and voiceless in our world. Soaring speeches are meaningless without actions to back up the words.