Monday, January 24, 2011

Obama's abortion blindness

Here are the closing paragraphs of Albert Mohler's article on President Obama's shameful statement celebrating the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

Ever since Barack Obama emerged on the national political scene, he has been promoted and protected by a corps of preachers and religious leaders who have tried their best to explain that he is not so pro-abortion as he seems. Nevertheless, his record is all too clear — as is this most recent statement. There was not one expression of abortion as a national tragedy, even as a report recently indicated that almost 60 percent of all pregnancies among African American women in New York City end in abortion.

How can any President of the United States fail to address this unspeakable tragedy? There was no hope expressed that abortion would be rare, only the expression that he would remain “committed to protecting this constitutional right.” The only words that even insinuate any hypothetical reduction in abortion were addressed to reducing “unintended pregnancies” and promoting adoption. But no goal of reducing abortion was stated or even obliquely suggested. No reference at all was made of the unborn child. There was no lament — not even a throwaway line that would cost him nothing in terms of his support from abortion rights forces.

These words were not imposed upon this President. This is his own personal statement. It is one of the most revealing — and tragic — statements made by any political figure in our times.

Clearly, the moral seriousness that the President has displayed in other instances (e.g. his response to the Tucson shootings) is missing here. Apparently he's oblivious to the fact that the lives of children are also at stake in the abortion debate -- boys and girls of every race -- who if allowed to be born would grow up to be very much like his daughters. It's unfathomable to me that a loving father (as I'm sure he is) could be such an unabashed cheerleader for abortion on demand. Tragic indeed!

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