How should Bible believing Christians prioritize the issues as they vote on Tuesday?
With millions of Americans out of work, and no hope of finding employment anytime soon, and $16 trillion in national debt, we definitely need to consider the economy. Social issues such as abortion on demand, same-sex marriage and the push to normalize homosexuality also weighs heavily on the hearts of those who hold a Christian worldview. While all these issues are of the utmost importance, it is imperative for Christians to have a clear picture of President Obama’s views on abortion before they cast their vote. My aim here is to equip Christians to make an informed decision.
It is no secret that Mr. Obama is the most extreme pro-abortion president in American history. So it is advisable to examine his record.
In 2008 I wrote an article entitled Barbaric Obama: God’s Choice? and revealed then Sen. Barack Obama’s record on abortion. The following is excerpted from my piece:
In 1973 the U.S. Supreme Court granted Americans a constitutional right to destroy human life in the womb. Roe v. Wade is one of the most divisive issues of our time. The high court’s decision gave American women the “right to choose” to terminate a human life.
The pressing question is, How should Catholics and Protestants think about the issue of abortion? Somewhere around 75% of Americans say they are Christians. So it is reasonable to assume that a large number of “Christians” will go to the polls in November and vote for Sen. Barack Obama. Princeton professor Robert P. George calls Sen. Obama “the most extreme pro-abortion candidate ever to seek the office of President of the United States,” and “the most extreme pro-abortion member of the United States Senate.” Moreover, Obama is “the most extreme pro-abortion legislator ever to serve in either house of the United States Congress.” (Source)
While in the Illinois legislature Sen. Obama voted against the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act (BAIPA). The bill stated that all born-alive babies will be legally protected persons upon birth, no matter what gestational age — even if they accidentally survive an abortion.
According to LifeNews.com:
“Obama ultimately voted in 2003 against a version of the bill identical to a Congressional anti-infanticide bill the Senate approved on a 98-0 margin and on which the pro-abortion group NARAL took no position.” (Source)
Back in 2001 Obama described a baby born-alive after a botched abortion as “previable.” Here is an excerpt of his statement on the Illinois Senate floor:
“Number one, whenever we define a previable fetus as a person that is protected by the equal protection clause or the other elements in the Constitution, what we’re really saying is, in fact, that they are persons that are entitled to the kinds of protections that would be provided to a — a child, a nine-month-old — child that was delivered to term. That determination then, essentially, if it was accepted by a court, would forbid abortions to take place. I mean, it — it would essentially bar abortions, because the equal protection clause does not allow somebody to kill a child, and if this is a child, then this would be an antiabortion statute.”
By his own words the man who may be the next president of the United States does not (cannot) consider an abortion survivor a person because admitting that a baby born alive after a botched abortion is a human person would undermine his viewpoint on Roe.
“This issue remains on the national radar,” said Dr. Warren Throckmorton, “because Obama has sent mixed messages about his views on born-alive infants. During the 2004 Senate campaign and then as recently as August 16, Obama claimed he would have voted for a federal BAIPA had he been a senator when the bill was enacted into law in 2002, where it was also approved unanimously by the U.S. Senate. His rationale for supporting the federal bill while opposing the state bill is that the two bills were worded differently. However, this is not accurate, according to Factcheck.org, an independent group affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania, and according to a close examination of the two bills. On August 25, 2008, FactCheck.org concluded, ‘Obama’s claim is wrong. In fact, by the time the HHS Committee [Obama’s Senate committee] voted on the bill, it did contain language identical to the federal act.'” (Source)
On the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade Sen. Obama released a statement. According to the Baptist Press:
“His statement referred to the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act that was upheld by the Supreme Court, although he avoided using the term “partial-birth” and instead called the law the ‘Federal Abortion Ban.'” (Source)
Here’s Sen. Obama’s misleading statement:
“Thirty-five years after the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade, it’s never been more important to protect a woman’s right to choose. Last year, the Supreme Court decided by a vote of 5-4 to uphold the Federal Abortion Ban, and in doing so undermined an important principle of Roe v. Wade: that we must always protect women’s health. With one more vacancy on the Supreme Court, we could be looking at a majority hostile to a women’s fundamental right to choose for the first time since Roe v. Wade. The next president may be asked to nominate that Supreme Court justice. That is what is at stake in this election.” (Source)
So much for denying that there will be a litmus test for his nominees for Supreme Court justices. And there will be a vacancy to fill, soon, as Justice Stevens is 88. In his own words, Obama believes in “a women’s fundamental right to choose” to commit homicide.
“Throughout my career, I’ve been a consistent and strong supporter of reproductive justice, and have consistently had a 100% pro-choice rating with Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America.” (Source)
The man bragged that he had a 100% pro-choice rating with Planned Babybutchers …oops…Parenthood. You can bet that the Left’s sacred abortion mill tithed a chunk of change to the Obama campaign.
Sen. Obama even voted to allow abortions in the sixth month of pregnancy …and later.
If elected Barbaric Obama promised that one of the first things he’d do is to enact the “Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA).” After the Supreme Court upheld the federal ban on the heinous procedure of partial-birth abortion Democrats rushed to introduce the bill that would codify the Roe v. Wade decision into federal law. FOCA would repeal every restriction on abortion, to include partial-birth abortions, and would create a “fundamental right” to abortion through all nine months of pregnancy.
Let me interject that Barack Obama is one of only a few pro-abort advocates who accept no restrictions on any kind of abortion, including late-term abortions. Fortunately he has not been unable to keep the promise he made to overturn FOCA. According to Wikipedia.com, two bills “were referred to the Judiciary Committees of the respective Houses but neither bill received further action in the 108th Congress. The bills were reintroduced in the 110th Congress, but, like their predecessors, were referred to committee without further action. As of June 2009, the bills have not been introduced in the 111th Congress.”
Pro-lifers who plan to vote for Barack Obama should understand that he supports legislation that would repeal the Hyde Amendment:
“which protects pro-life citizens from having to pay for abortions that are not necessary to save the life of the mother and are not the result of rape or incest. The abortion industry laments that this longstanding federal law, according to the pro-abortion group NARAL, ‘forces about half the women who would otherwise have abortions to carry unintended pregnancies to term and bear children against their wishes instead.’ In other words, a whole lot of people who are alive today would have been exterminated in utero were it not for the Hyde Amendment. Obama has promised to reverse the situation so that abortions that the industry complains are not happening (because the federal government is not subsidizing them) would happen. That is why people who profit from abortion love Obama even more than they do his running mate.” (Source)
Christian voters should find Barack Obama’s view deeply troubling. No serious follower of Jesus Christ, which he claims he is, should hold such extreme views! Well, he does and he was less than candid about it during the  debate.
“Obama … has co-sponsored a bill-strongly opposed by McCain-that would authorize the large-scale industrial production of human embryos for use in biomedical research in which they would be killed. In fact, the bill Obama co-sponsored would effectively require the killing of human beings in the embryonic stage that were produced by cloning. It would make it a federal crime for a woman to save an embryo by agreeing to have the tiny developing human being implanted in her womb so that he or she could be brought to term. This “clone and kill” bill would, if enacted, bring something to America that has heretofore existed only in China-the equivalent of legally mandated abortion. In an audacious act of deceit, Obama and his co-sponsors misleadingly call this an anti-cloning bill. But it is nothing of the kind. What it bans is not cloning, but allowing the embryonic children produced by cloning to survive.” (Source)
Does this not make your blood boil? It should, if you value human life.
The Catholic Church places a high value on human life. But liberal Catholics, like Obama’s running mate Sen. Joe Biden, blithely ignore Pope Benedict’s urging to respect life and protect the unborn from abortion and instead choose to follow their own path. Would a true Catholic ignore their pope?
Check Obama’s record on federal funding of abortion and you’ll discover that it’s consistent with the language of the 2012 Democratic Party platform, which says, “The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to choose a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay.”
The Obama HHS mandate (Obamacare) forces religious institutions and businesses to pay for health insurance plans that cover medical procedures and drugs over their religious or moral convictions.
According to the Bio Ethics Defense Fund:
On March 9, 2009, President Obama issued an executive order authorizing the NIH to grant tax-payer funds to create new human embryonic stem cell lines for research.
The U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has released a decision in the appeal of Sherley v. Sebelius, upholding the lower court’s decision to dismiss the case, thus allowing federal funding of embryo-destructive stem cell research to continue. FoxNews.com has an Associated Press story on the ruling: “Court: gov’t can fund embryonic stem cell research”.
On August 24, 2012 Fox News posted the AP story:
A federal appeals court…refused to order the Obama administration to stop funding embryonic stem cell research, despite complaints the work relies on destroyed human embryos. (Source)
According to John McCormack:
The Washington Post reports that President Obama is running his reelection campaign as a “culture warrior,” trying to cast his opponents as extremists on such issues as abortion in the case of rape and requiring religious institutions to pay for contraception. But could Obama’s own extremism on abortion come back to bite him?
During a 2003 press conference, Barack Obama indicated that he thought abortion should be legal in all situations, even late in pregnancy:
OBAMA: “I am pro-choice.”
REPORTER: “In all situations including the late term thing?”
OBAMA: “I am pro-choice. I believe that women make responsible choices and they know better than anybody the tragedy of a difficult pregnancy and I don’t think that it’s the government’s role to meddle in that choice.”
A vote for Barack Obama means that Americans will have Obamacare – and there’s no turning back.
A vote for Barack Obama means that abortions and embryonic stem cell research will be paid for by those of us who put a high value on human life – and we have nothing to say about it.
A vote for Barack Obama means we once again elect a man who opposes all limitations on government funding of abortion.
Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in Heaven. — Matthew 18:10
Abortion— On Solid Rock Resources
Doublespeak: The Language of Deception Part 2—By Marsha West
Fetal development 20 weeks (If you’re thinking about having an abortion, please view this site first.)
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