Which side are you on?
I had a lot of things I wanted to say today, but there is someone who says them much better than I can. Please take the time to watch Gianna’s video (divided into 2 parts). It’s worth the 15 minutes – especially on Sanctity of Life Sunday. (If you want more of my words, you can go back and read this post.)
President Barak Obama, as a senator, voted against the born-alive infant protection act 4 times. The act would allow babies like Gianna, who survived an abortion, as well as babies born to mothers choosing an “induction abortion” to receive some simple medical care. Induction abortions are commonly offered to women, like me, who had received an adverse prenatal diagnosis. Labor is simply induced before the age of viability, and the babies, although born alive, are too premature to survive.
Obama was worried, justifiably, that providing care to these infants would recognize them as human life. Recognizing a “previable” human life as a life could well impact the future of abortions in this country.
“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.”
Senator Barak Obama, Senate floor, 2001
Yes, recognizing life could be a slippery slope. Recognizing that babies who survive an abortion are human – offering them medical care – that could be very, very dangerous indeed, Mr. Obama.
Again, I ask you:
How can you lead a people, if you won’t recognize a person?