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BY The Editors
Barack Obama’s appeal. It’s almost impossible not to like him. Like his
tireless supporter Oprah Winfrey, he has an air about him that exudes candor
and sincerity and real concern. And those things aren’t insignificant.
In history, the direction of America
has been changed by political leaders who have strong personalities that make
their mark on the country: the noble Washington, Honest Abe, the sunny Ronald
The difference, of course, is that
the political leaders who changed the direction of the culture are men who
shared the nation’s founding principles and stick to them.
Douglas Kmiec, a Pepperdine
University professor who made his name in the Reagan administration, at the
University of Notre Dame and as dean of The Catholic University of America law
school, says Obama is such a person, and so is supporting him for president.
He calls him a person of “integrity,
intelligence and genuine good will” who “as best as it is humanly possible”
will “respect and accommodate” those who disagree with him.
But Obama doesn’t just disagree with
certain opponents. His record fundamentally disagrees with the nation’s
The best summing up of the nation’s
founding principles is in the Declaration of Independence itself: “We hold that
all men are created equal … endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable
rights … among these are life ...”
Obama’s votes have him on record as
believing that some people don’t have the right to life — not just the unborn,
but those in the process of being born (he supports partial-birth abortion) and
those who have been born accidentally during an abortion (he has helped
preserve the practice of “live-birth abortion” ever since he was in the
He also doesn’t think that alert but
brain-damaged people like Terri Schiavo have the right to life — he calls
voting to protect her the biggest mistake he made in the Senate.
Kmiec says that Obama isn’t
pro-abortion because he doesn’t actively promote abortion, but only allows for
women to choose it.
That’s not true. Obama doesn’t just
want abortion to be a choice. He wants all Americans to pay for abortions,
whether we choose to or not.
A President Obama would bring us the
Freedom of Choice Act, a bill that if enacted would prevent any federal, state
or local government entity from restricting access to abortion. It would strike
down virtually every state law on abortion.
The stated aim of this legislation
is to “end the abortion wars,” by allowing abortion-on-demand in all nine
months of pregnancy for any reason and without any restrictions nationwide.
This would eradicate state and
federal laws that the majority of Americans support — such as requirements that
licensed physicians perform abortions, fully-informed consent, and parental
involvement — and prevent states from enacting similar protective measures in
An addition, President Obama would
also bring us:
funded embryonic stem-cell research, fatal experiments on the tiniest human
funded clone-and-kill research,
funded abortion on demand,
taxpayer-funded abortion in military hospitals,
taxpayer-funded international abortions disguised as aid, and
taxpayer-funded nationalized health care, which in other countries has meant
bureaucrats determine that limited resources go where they can do “the most
So the system will simply refuse to
cover high-risk pregnancies or humane end-of-life care for the elderly and the
Kmiec has said that abortion isn’t
necessarily the preeminent issue of our day, because there are other evils to
The U.S. bishops have given us three
reasons why abortion must especially be opposed.
First, because it is intrinsically
evil, and thus must “always be rejected and opposed and must never be supported
or condoned.” State-sponsored killing is an intrinsic evil that outranks nearly
Second, the right to life is “the
most fundamental human good and the condition for all others.”
Third, “A legal system that violates
the basic right to life on the grounds of choice is fundamentally flawed.”
We understand why someone would want
to support Obama. He’s a likeable guy. And the alternative, John McCain, can
seem less likeable and more in the mold of Washington politics as usual.
But in this case, actions speak
louder than words. There are many positions of McCain’s that Catholics will
disagree with. But he does have a 100% pro-life voting record, one he has
sustained over a long career.
Americans used to know the lesson by
heart: Don’t be sweet-talked by politicians who seem wonderful but reject what
your nation stands for. We would dearly love for Obama to change to be that
politician. That would be change we could believe in.