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July 22, 2009

Abortion Weighs Down Healthcare Debate

President Obama said the public should become less focused on whether abortion would be covered under federal healthcare in an interview with Katie Couric last night.

KATIE COURIC: Do you favor a government option that would cover abortions?

PRESIDENT OBAMA: You know-- the-- the-- the-- what I think is important, at this stage, is not trying to micromanage what benefits are covered. Because I think we're still trying to get a framework. And my main focus is making sure that people have the options of high quality care at the lowest possible price.

As you know, I'm pro choice. But I think we also have a tradition-- of, in this town, historically, of not financing abortions as part of-- you know, government funded health care. And, you know, my-- you know, rather than wade into that issue at this point-- I think that it's appropriate for us to figure out how to just deliver on the cost savings, and not get distracted by the abortion debate at this station.


(h/t Kathryn Jean Lopez)

Obama's hope that it won't remain a distraction might not happen. Dan Gilgoff has a piece on how the abortion question might turn off more moderate evangelicals.

"I wouldn't call it a litmus test, but this is a prototype moment for the possibility of finding common ground," says the Rev. Joel Hunter, a prominent evangelical who is on Obama's faith advisory council. "If there is a doubt in the pro-life community about public funding of abortion, that will sink the healthcare
bill."

"Moderate, pro-life evangelicals like me will be very unhappy if healthcare reform ends up becoming a vehicle for government subsidizing, or mandatory coverage, of abortion," adds David Gushee, a Christian ethics professor at Mercer University who has consulted with the Obama White House on other issues.

Politico's Ben Smith is also doing some coverage.

Comments

Abortion is a net plus to liberals. They talk about women who "need" abortion. (And that's not the 1 in 300 pregnancies where carrying to term might cost the mother her life.) So they want to fund abortions any way they can, with their money, your money, government money, whatever. The only reason all such funds AREN'T used is because we have thus far resisted.

Before CT prints more articles dealing with the issue of abortion, I would like more discussion about the killing done in the process of war. Is one issue more significant to ethical Christian living than the other? In addition to the respect for human life issue, both abortion and the effects of war impact the health care issue.

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Will we battle terrorism as it should be fought
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Will we secure our borders against illegal entry
Or let our economy and security be destroyed?
Will we finally stop runaway wasteful spending
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From those who wish to bring liberty to its knees?

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Standing firm for what we believe and trust.

Sometimes it’s hard to protect what is right
Sometimes we’re scorned as for others we fight.
Some of us are willing regardless of loss
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Evil prospers on greed and human hate
Always eager to destroy and defecate.
God’s grace descends on the souls of man
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Life has had its troubles from birth.
God’s seed of goodness has delayed man’s demise
Thank Heaven for his heroes the strong and the wise.

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Just how numerous, only He could say.
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Please do not make all abortions illegal -- I know that people generally use abortions loosely, but some abortions are necessary for health and safety. My mother was one such case; my sister to be had no brain, and had my mother carried her to term, I would have been motherless at four.

Now I am twenty, with a wonderful mother, and a beautiful younger brother. Please do not rule out all abortions; some children are left motherless without them.

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Lee C

Are you crazy? Don't you know that your stance on abortion and same sex marriage are what determine whether you are a christian or not? Well according to what I've seen from lots of Christians here

I tried pointing out the dichotomy to several people here but....