Monday, December 22, 2008

Obama: Not Pro-Life

Shared on a Catholic homeschooling board I occasionally visit was this news item, from Christian News Wire:

Susan B. Anthony List activists can send letters to their Senators as part of the "Stop the Abortion Bailout" campaign at The goal of the campaign is to secure the 41 votes necessary to sustain a filibuster against measures promoting federal taxpayer funding of abortion. The Susan B. Anthony List will deliver letters to Senators and pass along the names of Americans opposing the abortion bailout to pro-life Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Last week the Obama-Biden Transition Project posted a report compiled by over 50 abortion advocacy groups detailing extensive policy requests. The report, entitled "Advancing Reproductive Rights and Health in a New Administration," was posted on and calls for major policy reversals regarding abortion, including:

  • One billion dollars in taxpayer funds for international abortion groups like International Planned Parenthood Federation and Marie Stopes International (p.19)

  • 133% increase in funding for the Title X program, which funds Planned Parenthood clinics nationwide (p. 6). Groups call for increasing funds from $300 to $700 million in federal taxpayer funds.

  • Repeal every budgetary rider restricting federal abortion funding, including the long-standing Hyde Amendment, which prohibits the use of federal taxpayer funds for abortion through the Medicaid and Medicare programs (p. 7).

  • Expand taxpayer funding for abortions through the Peace Corps program. (p. vii)

The President-Elect also recently appointed several abortion advocates to his staff, including EMILY's List Executive Director Ellen Moran as White House Communications Director and former NARAL Legal Director Dawn Johnsen to his Justice Department Review Team. Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards was also named immediately after the election as part of an informal, trusted "kitchen cabinet" of advisors to the Obama transition team.

Tell me again, O Wise Folk at Vox Nova, how a vote for Obama was really a pro-life vote. Tell me again how Obama is going to reduce abortions. Tell me again how wonderful Obama is, and how Catholics ought to just rush right out and vote for him.

I won't be able to hear you over the screams of the babies who are going to die because of this man.

On that same board, a poster shared the story of how a priest at her parish compared Obama to the Blessed Mother (because they had difficult jobs, apparently). The priest has his Nativity scene all wrong; it's clear that there's only one character associated with the baby Jesus whom Obama resembles at all: Herod.


Sarah said...

Hi, I read your blog all the time and I love it. This is the first time I have ever commented because I have never been so outraged -- comparing Barack Obama to the Virgin Mary?? Just for my own curiosity I would love to hear more about this if you know anything else.

I think it just goes to show that people want to believe what they want to believe, and they will look for ANY excuse to justify it. Yuck!

Red Cardigan said...

Sarah, thanks for commenting!

I don't know more about the Obama comparison at the present time; if I hear anything else about it I'll update the post.

But I'm afraid that too many Catholics, priests included, in America are not nearly as troubled by Obama's abortion absolutism as they ought to be.

Irenaeus said...

Good to see you back in fighting form, RC.

Red Cardigan said...

Thanks, Irenaeus! :)

I think that cold/flu thing took more out of me than I realized. I was...I was almost *nice* for a while there.

Anonymous said...

Ridiculous--foolish, to compare the BVM to Mr. Obama.

However, one has to question what the 'usefulness' of vehemence on this topic, other than a perceived 'voice in the wilderness', along with attending rallies staged outside PP centers.

Are you volunteering to help new mothers with care of the young'uns, supporting Matrix helplines, promoting GED and tangible acts of teen responsibility in Ft. Worth?

It's one thing to promote a hue and cry for how society should behave as a whole, and quite something else to function as a healthcare worker or a dedicated teacher in the public education sector in the particular town you're living--or, are the unwed mothers, rape victims, those subject to domestic violence, the prostitutes, victimized immigrants, etc. just not living in your town, or do you pretend not to see them?


Red Cardigan said...

Ah, yes, the usual tiresome canard of the left, that one may not voice pro-life speech unless one has personally done some specific series of actions to prove that one is "really" pro-life.

Not playing that game, Zircon. No point in it, because if I told you I did "X" pro-life activity, you would insist that I must also do "Y" to be credible, etc. ad infinitum.

Anonymous said...

Tell me again, O Wise Folk at Vox Nova, how a vote for Obama was really a pro-life vote.

I'm not a Vox-Nova contributor, but everyone know that by making abortion completely unrestricted, protected and cheap, the number of abortions are sure to plummet.

But you have to remember, these people think we can be taxed into prosperity.