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Opinion: Robert P. George on 'Obama's Abortion Extremism' Comments

Sen.Obama's views on life issues ranging from abortion to embryonic stem cell research mark him as not merely a pro-choice politician, but rather as the most extreme pro-abortion candidate to have ever run on a major party ticket. Continue Reading

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  1. sonya
    6 years ago

    3700 unborn children every day - 40 years since R v. W., five Republican administrations, two Democratic ones - "To whom much has been given, much will be expected". Sorry, Republicans have FAILED to make abortion the #1 issue while they've held the reigns of power - executive and legislative. R v. W still stands. They have, however, made it much harder for women in crisis pregnancies to say YES to life - how about Republicans getting behind universal health care coverage for ALL children and pregnant/post-partum women for a start? And what about child care support for middle class parents struggling to make ends meet working one-two-three jobs? Hmm, oh that's right, Republicans call those kinds of policies "socialism", aka "evil".

    Nowhere in the teaching documents of the Church, in the Catechism, in the USCCB guidelines for faithful citizenship/voting, does it say that we as Catholics are obliged to vote for the candidate who says he's pro-life but is faulty in so many other areas - even when the other candidate supports legalized abortion. We may not vote for someone BECAUSE they support legalized abortion, nor may we in good conscience vote for ballot measures that promote or legitimize abortion or other threats to life, like assisted suicide for the terminally ill. That’s different that the deliberation we face when choosing a presidential candidate to vote for this election.

    Shall I assume, then, that you who are planning to support the “pro-life” presidential candidate also support his stand on embryonic stem cell research? How about assisted reproductive technology, without which there would be no "surplus embryos" to experiment upon? Face it, we faithful, practicing Catholics are politically homeless. Arm yourselves with the facts, reject the politics of fear and negativity, and vote for the candidate you believe will best serve the nation as president – whomever you believe that to be. And after the election, get out there and LOVE one other, bear with one another – they will know we are Christians by our love. That’s how Jesus heals the culture – through us.

    Oh yes, and practice and promote NFP!!!

  2. Anita
    6 years ago

    I have a dream... that one day we will look back and celebrate the day when basic human and civil rights were restored to these most defenseless victims... I have a dream... that this will pave the way to dignity for all human life and reverberate to all the nations... I have a dream that these precious human lives will be free at last to live... live to see that great and glorious day when we will see the killing of the unborn as untenable as we now see slavery... because as Martin Luther King stated, "a lie cannot live" ... I look to the day when infants in the womb will no longer be judged as expendable and inferior, but by the fact that they are human...

    "He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it." MLKJr

    "If we are to go forward, we must go back and rediscover those precious values - that all reality hinges on moral foundations and that all reality has spiritual control." MLKJr

    "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." MLKJr

    "It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important. " MLKJr

    "I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant." MLKJr

    "Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal." MLKJr

    "History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people." MLKJr

    "In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." MLKJr

    "We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies." MLKJr

  3. Ed Burke
    6 years ago

    For 6 years after the 2000 election Conservative Pro-Life Republicans, owing to Catholics told by their church to elect Republicans, had control of both houses of Congress as well as the whitehouse of George W. Bush.

    So how many bills were introduced to make all abortions illegal ?What Constitutional Amendment was proposed to Outlaw all abortions ?

    Do Republicans really want to end the Abortion controversy that has provided them a Catholic Litmus Test for voting ONLY Republican, even if they could end abortions ?

    Are Roman Catholics being 'Played' by the Republicans because of the abortion issue ?

  4. CatholicFirst
    6 years ago

    sonya, I agree with your critique of the Republicans, and they are important issues, but they are small in comparison to the deaths of 3700 innocent unborn children each and every day. We need one more Supreme Court Judge to put the fight for there lives back into the hands of the people of this country.

  5. sonya
    6 years ago

    If the lives of the unborn are so important, then pro-life Republicans need to lobby the Republican party to change their policies to support a consistent ethic of respect for life - the seamless garment image makes sense and communicates the interdependence of all life issues. If the Republican Party also supported peaceful solutions to international conflicts, economic justice, an end to the death penalty, removal of impediments to health care access for all, support of working people, humane treatment of prisoner, wise stewardship of the environment that all life depends upon, etc... they'd have all the votes that they'd ever need. But no, the drum beats for the unborn and then those souls get thrown under the bus of political expedience. If the pro-life voices in the Republican party would work to change the party from the inside to include life-affirming stances on all life issues, the party would have no problem attracting Catholic voters (I believe Sam Brownback is beginning to see the light on this…). But does anyone think that this profound change will ever happen? Sheer greed, prejudice, classism and a pro-war mentality have trumped the lives of the unborn in the Republican party for decades. Admonishment works both ways, my brothers and sisters. The lives of the unborn depend upon your conversion and your courageous stand for support of human dignity for all. Look at yourselves in the mirror – those of you who condemn others as having an insufficiently-formed conscience and therefore undeserving of being Catholic are walking around with a plank in your eye.

  6. atul
    6 years ago

    well. I have gone through your view. It is your personnel view and very near to the facts.

  7. CatholicFirst
    6 years ago

    um, not really; Please explain why Obama is more qualified then Palin.

  8. CatholicFirst.
    6 years ago

    Steve, you said, "As a matter of fact, I do have facts to back that up."

    I assume you are talking about the study performed by the Guttmacher Institute, the research arm of Planned Parenthood, the abortion industry giant. It's like having Exon-Moble research green energy.

    I have not seen a peer review of this study which sort of makes it useless for anything other than Planned Parenthood propaganda.

    In most cases they relied on fertility rates to "estimate" the abortion rate. Do you think there could be other reasons in Africa to explain any quirk in the fertility rate? In some cases they relied on "local experts." I don't think this means they contacted the local parish.

    One more thing the abortion rate in Ireland is "estimated" to be 7.8 percent while in England it is 27.7 percent.

  9. um, not really
    6 years ago

    but Steve, unless it was in the Catholic News, can we really take it as fact? =)

    CatholicFirst....actually, I do believe it's sacred...but obviously you don't agree with JESUS's teachings that ALL life is sacred or you would have a serious problem voting for a war-monger...but alas, I'm splitting hairs...we all know the unborn child is more important than the born child...the Catholic priests have proven that....and to say Palin isn't fit to be a Senator isn't sexist in the least, to think she has a brain is just moronic...Hillary could run this country, Oprah could probably do it too...but when you stick someone in the limelight who can't do interviews, can't debate and can't get through a speech without saying 'doggone' and 'you betcha', then you're just embracing what our new President refers to as Willfull Ignorance.

    Voting for prolife is fine, but trying to convince yourself that McCain is moral or that Palin is ready for anything more than a yard sale...that's gotta hurt.

  10. steve
    6 years ago

    As a matter of fact, I do have facts to back that up.

    The World Health Organization recently commissioned a study which revealed that, while close, countries where abortion is criminalized have abortion rates slightly higher than countries where it has not been criminalized.

    Stories about the results were published in the International Herald Tribune, the New York Times, and CNN.

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