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March 18, 2009

Abortion Remains Dividing Point for Obama Observers

President Obama wants to reduce the "need for abortion", but one of his cheerleaders David P. Gushee published a column with USA Today titled, "Mr. President, we need more than lip service":

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"Mexico City, conscience clause, Sebelius, embryonic stem cells. In each case, I have been asked by friends at Democratic or progressive-leaning think tanks not just to refrain from opposing these moves, but instead to support them in the name of a broader understanding of what it means to be pro-life. I mainly refused."

David Gibson calls Gushee's column "buyer's remorse."

Christian conscience requires me to make this case even if it has no chance of prevailing in American society. And if we lose on abortion, as it appears we will lose for a long time to come, Christian conscience requires me to ask the government not to require citizens to pay for procuring services that violate their sacred beliefs.

... And if we lose there, then the entire relationship between religious faith and American society will move into a period of profound crisis.

President Obama, we need more than lip service on these crucial issues. Bring the transformational change your promises led us to hope for.

Gushee isn't the only one dealing with frustration. Frank Page, a member of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships' council, said he hasn't been pleased with some of Obama's policies.

"At this point I would have to say I have been very frustrated that what little protections there are for the unborn have been quickly and systematically removed," Page told the Baptist Press. "So that has very discouraging. I have been somewhat encouraged that he has promised that he would not force someone -- a health-care worker, for example -- to be involved in an abortion if he or she should object on a conscience basis. But other than that, there has been the removal of protections and policies that would have protected the unborn."

Joshua DuBois, director of the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, will meet with evangelical groups, including the Family Research Council and Concerned Women of America in an effort to find some common ground, Congressional Quarterly reports. Guessing from FRC and CWA priorities, the discussion will likely revolve around abortion.

Update: Eric Gorski has a helpful roundup on how Christians are optimistic but disappointed about Obama's recent moves.
Focus on the Family's CitizenLink writes that Samuel Rodriguez is also disappointed.

Comments

I'm hoping Obama will act on his unwanted pregnancy prevention when he comes out with a comprehensive healthcare proposal, which could take until the fall at the earliest. If not then, it's never coming.

Obama is the most pro-choice (read: pro-abortion) president in US history. There is nothing pro-life about him or any of his policies. This health care plan would have tax dollars supporting abortion on demand in every state. That will do nothing to decrease them, but only increase them.

This is the man who opposed the born-alive act in Illinois, the man who supports the Freedom of Choice Act that would nullify all pro-life gains since Roe. This is the man who said if one his own daughters made a mistake and got pregnant, that he wouldn't want either one "punished with a baby."

This is the face of active opposition to the sanctity of human life.

Obama is the most pro-choice (read: pro-abortion) president in US history. There is nothing pro-life about him or any of his policies. This health care plan would have tax dollars supporting abortion on demand in every state. That will do nothing to decrease them, but only increase them.

This is the man who opposed the born-alive act in Illinois, the man who supports the Freedom of Choice Act that would nullify all pro-life gains since Roe. This is the man who said if one his own daughters made a mistake and got pregnant, that he wouldn't want either one "punished with a baby."

This is the face of active opposition to the sanctity of human life.

Obama is the most pro-choice (read: pro-abortion) president in US history. There is nothing pro-life about him or any of his policies. This health care plan would have tax dollars supporting abortion on demand in every state. That will do nothing to decrease them, but only increase them.

This is the man who opposed the born-alive act in Illinois, the man who supports the Freedom of Choice Act that would nullify all pro-life gains since Roe. This is the man who said if one his own daughters made a mistake and got pregnant, that he wouldn't want either one "punished with a baby."

This is the face of active opposition to the sanctity of human life.

Is anyone surprised?

"Sanctity of Life or Quality of Life?"

My husband and I were at a stop light, the car in front of our car had a bumper sticker that read:
JESUS WAS A LIBERAL.

I couldn't help but think of our Pastor's sermon on Sunday, about waiting and watching for Jesus. Our Pastor said, "In the meantime act like Jesus"

In that regard I can't imagine why Jesus said,

"Anyone who receives one of these little ones receives me"
Matthew 18:3

Can you tell me? ...who is Jesus referring to if not children?.....pre-born..born..we were ALL LITTLE ONES.

As a pro-life supporter of President Obama, I am disappointed with some of his actions. I do hope that President Obama will support the Pregnant Women Support Act sponsored by Senator Bob Casey D-PA and Representative Lincoln Davis D-TN. Improving social and economic supports for expectant mothers will help to reduce the number of abortions.

How can anyone say that they are disappointed in Obama's recent moves? He has done exactly as his prior voting record showed he would do. I guess those who are "disappointed" chose not to look at the facts prior the election, but looked only at the charisma and silver tongue.