Barack Obama’s Letter to Daughters Contradicts Abortion-Punishment Remark
by Maria Vitale
LifeNews.com Editorial Columnist
January 19, 2009
LifeNews.com Note: Maria Vitale is an editorial opinion columnist for LifeNews.com. She is the Public Relations Director for the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation and Vitale has written and reported for various broadcast and print media outlets, including National Public Radio, CBS Radio, and AP Radio.
This week’s Parade magazine carries an unusual message. It’s a letter incoming President Barack Obama wrote to his daughters, Malia and Sasha. The headline on the letter reads, "What I want for You–and Every Child in America."
The 44th President’s letter speaks engagingly of the responsibilities and joys of fatherhood. He mentions that, when his two children came into his world, "I soon found that the greatest joy in my life was the joy I saw in yours. And I realized that my own life wouldn’t count for much unless I was able to ensure that you had every opportunity for happiness and fulfillment in yours."
He then recites his wish-list for America’s children: schools worthy of them, the chance to go to college, good jobs with good pay and benefits, a cleaner, safer planet, the peaceful settlement of differences. It’s a litany of superlatives that’s hard to object to.
Obama further states that he wants "every child to have the same chances to learn and dream and grow and thrive" that his daughters have had.
But such a lofty sentiment is not evidenced in his proposed policies.
In 2007, he promised Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion operation, that the first thing he’d do as President would be to sign the Freedom of Choice Act–a radical piece of legislation which is the biggest threat to innocent human life since Roe v. Wade.
While economic concerns may make that promise tough to keep, there’s no denying the fact that, throughout his political career, Obama has supported abortion on demand.
How can Obama reconcile his stated desire that every child have a chance to grow and thrive when he previously stated that he was going to teach his daughters about values and morals but, if they made a mistake, he didn’t want them "punished" with a baby?
In his letter to his daughters, Obama also writes of the Declaration of Independence, and his grandmother telling him "about the men and women who marched for equality because they believed those words put to paper two centuries ago should mean something." That is the same document that declares that all men are created equal, and that life is an unalienable right.
I spoke recently with an African-American woman who is a veteran of both the civil rights struggle and the pro-life movement. She seemed to experience real pain over the fact that the new President supports legal abortion. She remembered how the previous church she attended was against abortion, but the pastor never talked about it. She wondered aloud, if only Obama were "schooled" about the issue, would he then take up the pro-life cause?
Over the next four years, it will be up to pro-life advocates to help educate the President, and the rest of the populace, about what abortion really means for the children of America…about how it directly contradicts the holdings of the Declaration of Independence.
Perhaps someday Obama will write another letter to his daughters, one expressing his deep regret over policies that denied millions of children the one right that counts the most: the right to life.
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