Obama and Abortion

 | February 9, 2009 9:29 AM

Many of Obama’s recent choices concerning abortion have led me to somewhat regret my support for him.  I feel somewhat ignorant and foolish for not having further investigated his pro-choice stance, which I knew was far left.   Maybe I should have read something like this page, Barack Obama on Abortion.

Some of the choices President Obama has made.

  1. “Struck down the Bush administration‘s ban on giving federal money to international groups that perform abortions or provide abortion information — an inflammatory policy that has bounced in and out of law for the past quarter-century.” – Obama reverses Bush abortion-funds policy
  2. Plan to lift the “the restrictions imposed by President Bush on federal funding for research on human embryonic stem cells.”  – Obama policy a lift for stem cell researchers

To be fair there has been debate about what impact the first decision made.  Some people argued that unfairly punished poor countries in need of these services.  And McCain would have also lifted restriction on federal funding for human embryonic stem cells.

What really bothers is Obama’s push for the Freedom of Choice Act.

When South Dakota passed a law banning all abortions in a direct effort to have Roe overruled, I was the only candidate for President to raise money to help the citizens of South Dakota repeal that law. When anti-choice protesters blocked the opening of an Illinois Planned Parenthood clinic in a community where affordable health care is in short supply, I was the only candidate for President who spoke out against it. And I will continue to defend this right by passing the Freedom of Choice Act as president.

Obama Statement on 35th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade Decision

When I first heard about this I was disappointed because I felt that this went again Obama’s campaign promise to reduce abortions. But upon further consideration I recognize that in Obama’s thinking this does not necessarily conflict with trying to reduce abortion. Obama wants the numbers of abortions to be reduced but he obviously believes the right for a woman to choose is sacrosanct. I personally believe that the states should be allowed to choose and that passing the Freedom of Choice Act would be tragic.

One positive news on this front is President Obama expanding the faith-based office and laying out specific priorities for the office including reducing the number of abortions.  He also created a new advisory council that included the president of World Vision and other evangelicals.

3 Responses to “Obama and Abortion”

essny wrote a comment on February 11, 2009

I haven’t read anything other than what you excerpted, but I think it can be said that reducing the # of abortions performed is a goal that everyone would like to achieve.

I also believe, though, that organizations like Planned Parenthood, do more than just offer abortions. They do offer women–and increasingly, men–health care at a relatively affordable rate due to their sliding scale. I’ve considered going to them in the past when I was without health insurance. And they do present abstinence as a method of birth control for people.

and not having any understanding of SD’s law, if they’re banning all forms of abortion, when does “life” begin? at the very moment of conception? so preventing conception with the pill or other birth control methods–would it be so far-fetched for the state to pass a law limiting the kind of birth control available to its citizens?

As for whether or not abortion should be a states rights issue or not–well, remember, slavery was once left up to the states. Civil rights were once left up to states. Gun control is still pretty much a states rights issue. There’s a lot to be said about the division of legislation that goes on in such a large, diverse country such as ours.

Ok, I’ll stop rambling.

seonghuhn wrote a comment on February 11, 2009

Interesting points essny. Thanks a lot for your thoughts.

I believe that life begins at conception which frames my policy wishes. And for certain forms of contraception whose goal is to prevent an embroyo from implanting into the uterus, I would categorize those as equivalent to abortion.

I admit that after I wrote my post I thought about my stance that abortion should be a states rights issue and realized I only wanted that so that some states could pass pro-life laws. In the end though I realized that from my perspective I consider abortion rights like civil rights so they should be mandated at the federal level.

seonghuhn wrote a comment on February 11, 2009

Oh, I forgot to mention that I found it interesting how Planned Parenthood is somewhere you were considering going to for health care. I think that’s great that they are trying to offer affordable health care.

On the other hand I have heard from others that the revenue they make from abortion is an overwhelming percentage of their overall revenue, something upwards of 80%. I could be inaccurate but that is what I recall. And if that is the case I wonder how much they are interested in reducing the number of abortions. They also are contributors to pro-choice politicians.

Care to comment?