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August 19, 2008
On Abortion, Obama Acts
‘Above His Pay Grade’
Exactly two days ago, in Israel’s Nahariya Hospital, a woman in her
fifth month of pregnancy underwent an abortion when doctors discovered
that she was suffering from internal bleeding and that her fetus no
longer appeared to be alive. After a doctor pronounced the now extracted
body dead, the 610-gram baby was placed in the hospital cooler.
Five hours later, the baby’s father came to pick up his dead daughter’s
body for burial. But, joyfully, when the baby was withdrawn from the
cooler, she was breathing. Naturally, she was taken to the intensive
care ward where doctors scrambled to keep her alive.
Barack Obama would have her die.
Obama would stop the doctors from saving the baby’s life, ordering them
instead to throw the baby back in the cooler, or in the trash can, or
anywhere but the intensive care ward. In order to satisfy his political
conscience and please his radical supporters, he would have the baby
girl die, regardless of her potential to survive.
Thrice while an Illinois state senator (which, of course, was not that
long ago), Barack Obama opposed or blocked the Born Alive Infant Protection
Act, which sought humane treatment for any babies that survive an
abortion, and only after they were completely outside of the mother’s
What rationale is there to throw out a living baby when she is entirely
outside of her mother’s body, on a table, or in a cooler? What is it
that distinguishes such behavior from infanticide?
Not much, even according to the most pro-choice members of the U.S.
Congress. Indeed, in 2002, prior to Obama’s election to federal office,
an identical bill was supported unanimously by the U.S. Senate,
getting the support of even the most dedicated abortion advocates, such
as Hillary Clinton. Obama would have been the only dissenter.
Recently Obama was asked at what point a baby would get “human rights.”
Obama’s answer was: “Whether you are looking at it from a theological
perspective or a scientific perspective, answering that question with
specificity is, you know, above my pay grade.”
may have grown desensitized to Obama’s routinely ambiguous answers, but
this one crosses a moral line. Can Obama really not assert that a baby
should get human rights at least when she is viable, wholly outside of
her mother’s body and breathing independently?
right, he can’t. That’s because he thrice indicated that such babies
must be treated with the same respect given to a pair of tonsils after a
Could he possibly tell us when babies cease serving as hospital waste? A
day after birth, perhaps? A week? A year? Is that still above his pay
is somewhat paradoxical, however, that considering the designation of
human life as above his pay grade, Obama acts like he is quite certain
about when human life begins. After all, someone so unsure about such a
fundamental life or death question would not act before finding a
Yet Obama is not only the most pro-abortion senator in Washington, but
he is also the only senator who supports post-birth “abortion.” These
positions are quite radical for an individual who considers the
beginning of human life a question above his pay grade.
Indeed, this inconsistency leads to one of three conclusions. Either
Barack Obama knows when human rights should be granted (later than
birth) and doesn’t want to admit it, or he knows when human rights
should be granted (at birth or before birth) and finds it politically
inconvenient to declare it, or he has no idea when human rights should
be granted, yet is tenaciously supporting pre-birth and post-birth
abortions despite the fact that, to him, he could very well be taking
human life away from human beings.
Respectively, the three possibilities would make him extremist, or evil,
or dreadfully reckless with human life – and none of the three is
particularly palatable. Which is it, Barack?
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