In a recent video on the homepage of barackobama.com/faith, a website run by People of Faith for Obama (a subset of Obama for America) and described as “a place for people of faith to organize and lift their voices in support of President Obama and our shared values,” President Obama expressed a commitment to protecting religious liberty and human dignity.
In a 3-minute video address, in the hopes of garnering the support of people of faith, President Obama said that as people of principle, we have “shared moral obligations” to acknowledge and to respect the “inherent worth of all human beings.” The President’s words ring true – we do have the obligation to respect both the inherent dignity and the conscience of every human person.
But the President’s claim that he supports those principles rings hollow.
President Obama’s record clearly demonstrates that he is not committed to protecting conscience rights and human dignity. The Health and Human Services (HHS) “preventive services” mandate that is part of the Affordable Care Act (also known as “Obamacare”) requires employers and individuals to fund life-ending drugs mislabeled as contraceptives – even when those employers and individuals are morally, ethically, or religiously opposed to doing so. Failure to comply with that contentious requirement would result in fines and governmental action. Exemptions in the law are extremely narrow, offering no real protections and leading many faith-based schools and businesses to file lawsuits as they attempt to protect their First Amendment Rights of Conscience.
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In fact, through Obamacare, Obama has created the largest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade – but his pro-abortion record does not end there. President Obama also has revealed himself to be staunchly pro-abortion through many of his executive actions.
AUL has extensively studied the President’s record, highlighted this month in The Continuing Case for Investigating Planned Parenthood, which follows up on a July 2011 release of a ground-breaking report about the nation’s largest abortion provider. In a recent exhibit, AUL notes that of all his alliances, President Obama puts his commitment to Planned Parenthood at the top of his agenda.
In Exhibit One, AUL notes that “Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, has called President Barack Obama its ‘champion.’ The political alliance between the President and Planned Parenthood has been particularly evident over the past 18 months through the Obama Administration’s determination to channel taxpayer dollars to the abortion giant despite the known misuse of taxpayer funds by some Planned Parenthood affiliates and in the face of a $16 trillion national debt.”
During his presidency, President Obama has appointed many pro-abortion individuals to serve in his Administration, and he has overturned pro-life policies and pushed pro-abortion policies that affect Americans as well as people worldwide. Just recently, in May 2012, the President helped defeat the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA), a bill that would have prohibited sex-selective abortion.
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Actions speak louder than words. President Obama’s three years of pro-abortion activities provide evidence of an ideology that does not match the aspirations professed in his new video. While the President spoke eloquently of his commitment to protecting religious liberty and human dignity, his policies demonstrate otherwise (for example, entangling generations of Americans in funding the abortion industry), and as a result, do the opposite of that to which he allegedly commits. President Obama’s policies endanger and trample upon both religious liberty and human dignity.
If we embrace attitudes and policies of “love, service, and compassion,” as President Obama’s words in his video urge us to do, we must do more than talk about it. We must first recognize the inherent worth of children in the womb and then work to defend their inherent right to life. As people of principle, we have moral obligations to protect the most vulnerable among us – the unborn – and the conscience rights of those who seek to be a voice for the voiceless.
LifeNews Note: The author write for Americans United for Life Action.