Obama Against “Choice”

Adam of The Metropolis Times reminds us that the Declaration of Independence reads:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,

Creation and Endowment — birth is besides the point, just one point in the developmental process.

Surprisingly (or not), Barack Obama now seems to agree. His latest “clarification” is that he opposes what liberals call “choice” and others call infanticide late in the pregnancy — and that mental distress does not count as a physical need:

My Way News – Obama: Mental distress can’t justify late abortion
WASHINGTON (AP) – Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama says “mental distress” should not qualify as a health exception for late term-abortions, a key distinction not embraced by many supporters of abortion rights.

In an interview this week with “Relevant,” a Christian magazine, Obama said prohibitions on late-term abortions must contain “a strict, well defined exception for the health of the mother.”

Obama then added: “Now, I don’t think that ‘mental distress’ qualifies as the health of the mother. I think it has to be a serious physical issue that arises in pregnancy, where there are real, significant problems to the mother carrying that child to term.”

I’m glad for any friends in the fight against infanticide, and would be happy if Obama’s latest statement gave us a prediction of how he would govern.

I’m sure Obama’s black nationalist and Marxist supporters, such as Rev. Wright and Bill Ayres, were once just as happy to have Obama on their side.

I’m sure Obama’s left-wing supporters, such as MoveOn and Wesley Clark, were once just as happy to have Obama on my side.

But for now, I’m happy to have Obama on my side, until he stabs me in the back… again.

7 thoughts on “Obama Against “Choice””

  1. Well, given that 90 percent of politically conscious people oppose this procedure, and given the likeliness that more than 10 percent of the politically conscious identify as liberal, I serious doubt that partial birth/late term abortion is a unanimous position of the American centre-left.

    BTW, he probably still holds the position that this procedure should be allowed in cases of health risk other than mental distress (something the current ban opposes), so, no, he is not on your side, and you probably been misrepresenting his position this whole time.

  2. I’m thinking that issues related to “mental distress” in pregnancy should be left up to psychiatrists and obstetricians, not politicians. While I myself would likely be uncomfortable with aborting a fetus that could survive outside the womb (i.e. third trimester), I would rather the medical ethics of such a procedure be left in the hands of medical professionals, not government.

    The feminist angle on abortion in general is not uberleftist: it’s simply that a man can walk away from a pregnancy, while a woman cannot. Whether she chooses to raise the baby or put it up for adoption, pregnancy will take a year out of her life, which can, for many, completely throw off someone’s career track. Unless abortion opponents start supporting inexpensive access to the birth control pill, and sex education that includes the proper use of contraceptives, it will inevitably they are opposed to women moving up in the world.

  3. fl,

    I think you’ll find that opponents of abortion believe a woman always has a choice: abstinence or at the very least contraceptives.

    The argument you have made concerning losing a year and thus hurting a career…well that’s one of the arguments most likely to perturb opponents of abortion. If she’s concerned about her career, she should utilize more of her power to choose pre-pregnancy. Aborting in the third trimester as a career option seems repugnant, and I’m not even anti-abortion. (Even though I AM anti-abortion — don’t agree with it, don’t like it — I AM also of the opinion that government should not have final say.)

  4. Small typo in my comment: the last clause should read “it will inevitably APPEAR THAT they are opposed.”

    You write that a woman “always” has a choice of contraceptives, which unfortunately isn’t always the case: hormonal birth control is extremely expensive for those without a prescription plan, and young men and women who did not have access to sex education programs (and did not have parents who discussed birth control options with them) may not understand the proper use of condoms, and may not understand how ineffective “folk” methods of birth control are. However, I was referring in my post above mainly to fundamentalist Christian groups betraying their bias against women by simultaneously protesting both abortion and the Pill. [1]

    And, no, a third-trimester abortion because of the fear of losing an important year of one’s life would not be for me (and me alone; I don’t want to legislate a personal conviction) the best decision in the world. But to tell a woman that she cannot terminate a, say, eight-week pregnancy would be to effectively bind her forever to a poor decision or a blip of probability (since, after all, there is a 1% or so chance of pregnancy occurring while on hormonal birth control.)

    [1]http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/blog/2008/05/02/pro-lifers-announce-national-day-to-protest-the-right-to-use-contraception

  5. fl,

    Thank you for your comments.

    The feminist angle on abortion in general is not uberleftist: it’s simply that a man can walk away from a pregnancy, while a woman cannot.

    If true, we would have a radically different child support regime in this country than we do now.

    Curtis,

    I think you’ll find that opponents of abortion believe a woman always has a choice: abstinence or at the very least contraceptives.

    The argument you have made concerning losing a year and thus hurting a career…well that’s one of the arguments most likely to perturb opponents of abortion.

    Well said.

    Most things in life are stochastic processes — some randomness is built in. Typically, if you want to avoid negative consequences, you minimize risk to the extent that you see fit.

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