Obama: Do What We Can to Save One Child, But Infanticide Okay

Opinion   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 16, 2013   |   2:01PM   |   Washington, DC

President Barack Obama today showed the kind of care and regard for human life when it comes to the issue of guns that he never has when it comes to abortion.

The tragedy at Sandy Hook can never be overstated — children died and teachers and staff died attempting to keep them save. There are no words that can properly convey how senseless the loss of life was that fateful day in Connecticut.

President Obama seems to understand this tragic loss of human life.

“Because while there is no law or set of laws that can prevent every senseless act of violence completely, no piece of legislation that will prevent every tragedy, every act of evil, if there’s even one thing we can do to reduce this violence, if there’s even one life that can be saved, then we’ve got an obligation to try,” he said today in remarks about the shooting and announcing new executive orders promoting gun control.

Obama went as far as to quote from the Declaration of Independence and its establishment that people have an inalienable right to life.

“That most fundamental set of rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, fundamental rights that were denied to college students at Virginia Tech and high school students at Columbine and elementary school students in Newtown; and kids on street corners in Chicago on too frequent basis to tolerate; and all the families who never imagined they’d lose a loved one to — to a bullet, those rights are at stake. We’re responsible,” he said.

“Let’s do the right thing. Let’s do the right thing for them and for this country that we love so much,” the president concluded.

But, isn’t the right thing also protecting children from the violence of abortion? Contrast Obama’s heartfelt remarks with these, from his days as a an Illinois state senator — where he went out of his way to defend his position against a law that would provide legal protection and medical care for babies who survive failed abortions.

Obama essentially argues that there is no need for the law because he trusts abortion practitioners to provide medical care for the baby they unsuccessfully tried to kill in an abortion.



OBAMA: I just want to be clear because I think this was the source of the objections of the Medical Society. As I understand it, this puts the burden on the attending physician who has determined, since they were performing this procedure, that, in fact, this is a nonviable fetus; that if that fetus, or child – however way you want to describe it – is now outside the mother’s womb and the doctor continues to think that its nonviable but there’s, lets say, movement or some indication that, in fact, they’re not just out limp and dead, they would then have to call a second physician to monitor and check off and make sure that this is not a live child that could be saved.

For President Obama, it’s okay for the government to step in and protect children exposed to violence in school, but children who survive the violence of an abortion? Well, just leave it to the doctor to decide if that abortion survivor’s life is worth living at that point.