Almost every time I write an article about abortion, I am asked the question, “what would you do if your wife or daughter were to be raped?”. For me, the answer is that I don’t know and I pray to God I never find out. The pro-choice advocates always throw that argument into the mix, saying it isn’t fair to the woman to be pregnant with a child from someone who raped her and while I agree that it isn’t fair, that argument simply doesn’t hold water for me.
Consider the following survey results concerning the reasons given for wanting an abortion. You can read the full report here.
Summary: This report reviews available statistics regarding reasons given for obtaining abortions in the United States, including surveys by the Alan Guttmacher Institute and data from seven state health/statistics agencies that report relevant statistics (Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Utah). The official data imply that AGI claims regarding “hard case” abortions are inflated by roughly a factor of three. Actual percentage of U.S. abortions in “hard cases” are estimated as follows: in cases of rape or incest, 0.3%; in cases of risk to maternal health or life, 1%; and in cases of fetal abnormality, 0.5%. About 98% of abortions in the United States are elective, including socio-economic reasons or for birth control. This includes perhaps 30% for primarily economic reasons.
Barack Obama, Planned Parenthood and the rest of the pro-choice crowd want us to believe it is all about equality or choice, but if it is about choice, then why is that choice not excersised before the pregnancy, instead of waiting until there is an innocent life that will be snuffed out without a choice of their own? Why do they not choose to not get pregnant, instead of just getting rid of the results of their actions?
As this Presidential election draws nearer to an end, with 21 days left until November 4 and one of the most important votes you or I will ever cast, I want to draw attention once again, to Barack Obama’s position on the Freedom of Choice Act and the effect it will have on the number of abortions performed in this country every year.
Technically, the Freedom of Choice Act is called H. R. 1964 and you might be surprised at the heading that is printed under the name of the bill.
To protect, consistent with Roe v. Wade, a woman’s freedom to choose to bear a child or terminate a pregnancy, and for other purposes.
Barack Obama has made it a practice to put Roe v. Wade at the center of what he has tried to do to protect abortion. In a speech before Planned Parenthood on July 17, 2007, he says Roe v. Wade is about equality, not about privacy. You can view highlights or the full video here.
I have worked on these issues for decades now. I put Roe at the center of my lesson plan on reproductive freedom when I taught Constitutional Law. Not simply as a case about privacy but as part of the broader struggle for women’s equality. Steve and Pam will tell you that we fought together in the Illinois State Senate against restrictive choice legislation-laws just like the federal abortion laws, the federal abortion bans that are cropping up. I’ve stood up for the freedom of choice in the United States Senate and I stand by my votes against the confirmation of Judge Roberts and Samuel Alito.
Is there any doubt what Barack Obama will do as President? He has made it very clear what some of his first actions will be, if he wins this election. In a question and answer session following his speech before Planned Parenthood, he let it be know what his first act would be.
Dessa Cosma: Um, as you were talking about earlier, the recent Bush Supreme Court’s decision really took away critically important decisions from women and put them in the hands of politicians. And as a result of this, we’re expecting, and have already seen, so much anti-choice legislation at the state level. Um, what would you do at the federal level not only to ensure access to abortion but to make sure that the judicial nominees that you will inevitably be able to pick are true to the core tenets of Roe v. Wade?
Barack Obama: Well, the first thing I’d do as president is, is sign the Freedom of Choice Act. [Applause.] That’s the first thing that I’d do. Um, but the, okay, but, but your question about the federal courts is absolutely on target. I taught Constitutional Law for ten years and I have to say after reading this latest decision and the series of decisions that the Supreme Court has been putting forward that I find it baffling.
What the Freedom of Choice Act will do is codify Roe v. Wade and make it the law of the land. In the view of the pro-choice community, that will guarantee the right of future generations of women to choose. In my view, it will pave the way for multiple millions of innocent babies to be murdered, all because someone made a choice. I ask you again, is there any doubt what Barack Obama will do on the issue of abortion if he is elected President? I think not and it isn’t something our country can afford.
Sarah Palin said it better than I could when she said:
A vote for Barack Obama is a vote for activist courts that will continue to smother the open and democratic debate we need on this issue, at both the state and federal level. A vote for Barack Obama would give the ultimate power over the issue of life to a politician who has never once done anything to protect the unborn. As Senator Obama told Pastor Rick Warren, it’s above his pay grade.
Nothing else needs to be said.