Pro-Abortion President Obama Not Fit to Share Nobel Prize With Mother Teresa

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 9, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Abortion President Obama Not Fit to Share Nobel Prize With Mother Teresa

by Maria Vitale Editorial Columnist
October 9, 2009 Note: Maria Vitale is an opinion columnist for 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.

President Barack Obama and the late Mother Teresa have something in common—both were named part of the elite class known as Nobel Peace Prize winners.

In accepting the 1979 Nobel Prize, the little nun with the big heart said, "I choose the poverty of our poor people. But I am grateful to receive (the Nobel) in the name of the hungry, the naked, the homeless, of the crippled, of the blind, of the lepers, of all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared-for throughout society, people that have become a burden to the society and are shunned by everyone."

The Nobel Committee cited her respect for the individual human being, that she believed in the dignity of all people and acted on that belief. The Committee noted that the struggle against poverty is a means for obtaining peace in the world.

One of the greatest advocates for the poor the world has ever known, Mother Teresa recognized that true and lasting peace begins not at the United Nations, but in the home. And she steadfastly believed that peace could not be attained while children were being killed in the womb.

In her Nobel lecture, the diminutive woman who was a spiritual giant famously said, “the greatest destroyer of peace is abortion.”

Contrast that to the rhetoric and record of President Obama.

In his political career, he has consistently supported legal abortion—even going so far as to oppose the Born Alive Infants Protection Act, which provided basic legal protection for children born alive as a result of botched abortions.

In less than a year as President, he has forced taxpayers to support organizations that perform or promote abortions overseas; signed an executive order forcing taxpayers to pay for anti-life embryonic stem cell research; promoted an unlimited right to abortion at the United Nations; promoted taxpayer-funded abortions in the nation’s capital; and nominated a host of pro-abortion zealots to top Administration posts.

While the President has claimed that no federal dollars would be spent on abortions in health care reform, the health care plans now on Capitol Hill would do just that. It is no stretch of the imagination to claim that the Obama Administration is the most pro-abortion Presidency in U.S. history.

No matter what elegant speeches the President might deliver on Middle East peace, nuclear arms reduction, or combating global poverty, his words ring hollow, so long as he is willing to promote policies that promote and finance life-destructive activities such as abortion and embryonic stem cell research.

President Obama should learn from a past Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Mother Teresa’s contention that abortion destroys peace is as true today as it was 30 years ago. If the President wants peace, he must work for justice—justice for preborn children, for anguished and abandoned mothers, and for fathers who are powerless to protect their babies in light of Roe v. Wade.

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