Posted by: inforodeo | October 29, 2008

Obama and Abortion – highlights from Speeches

From a speech given before Planned Parenthood Action Fund on 17 July, 2007:

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“… Thanks to all of you at Planned Parenthood for all the work that you
are doing for women all across the country and for families all across
the country—and for men, who have enough sense to realize you are
helping them, all across the country.”

(he then goes on to address a bunch of minority types he suspects are in the audience, including ‘gay’.  i found this a little puzzling … what kind of gay person needs the services of planned parenthood?)

“What kind of America will our daughters grow up in?
Will our daughters grow up with the same opportunities as our sons?
Will our daughters have the same rights, the same dreams, the same
freedoms to pursue their own version of happiness?”

(i guess unwanted births rob women of equal opportunities?)

“To appreciate that all you have to do is review the recent decisions handed down by the Supreme Court of the United States. For the first time in Gonzales versus Carhart, the Supreme Court held—upheld a federal ban on abortions with criminal penalties for doctors. For the first time, the Court’s endorsed an abortion restriction without an exception for women’s health. The decision presumed that the health of women is best protected by the Court—not by doctors and not by the woman herself.
That presumption is wrong.”

(Gonzales vs Cahart: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gonzales_v._Carhart )

“With one more vacancy on the Court, we could be looking at a majority hostile to a woman’s fundamental right to choose for the first time since Roe versus Wade and that is what is at stake in this election. The only thing more disturbing than the decision was the rationale of the majority.”

(a subtle hint at his definitely-not-democratic leanings, ‘the majority’ being wrong?)

” Without any hard evidence, Justice Kennedy proclaimed, “It is self-evident that a woman would regret her choice…”
“Justice Kennedy knows many things, my understanding is he does not know how to be a doctor. ”

[Laughter and Applause]

“Well, it’s time for us to change that. It is time for a different attitude in the White House. It is time for a different attitude in the Supreme Court. It is time to turn the page and write a new chapter in American history.”

(he wants different justices in there, because he wants them to lean in favor of baby killing)

“We know that five men don’t know better than women and their doctors what’s best for a woman’s health. We know that it’s about whether or not women have equal rights under the law. We know that a woman’s right to make a decision about how many children she wants to have and when—without government interference—is one of the most fundamental freedoms we have in this country. We also know that there was another voice that came from the bench—a voice clear in reasoning and passionate in dissent. The voice rejected what she called, quote “Ancient notions of women’s place in the family and under the Constitution. Ideas that have long been discredited.” Unquote. One commentator called the decision in Gonzales, “An attack on Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s entire life’s work.” And it was. But we heard Justice Ginsburg and we know what she was saying. She was saying, “We’ve been there before and we are not going back. [Applause] We refuse to go back. [Applause]”

(calling the woman who feels we are done with ‘ancient notions of women’s place in the family” a ‘voice clear in reasoning’ indicates Obama is against “traditional” family.  You can’t twist this to mean anything else!)

“We’re a country founded on the principle of equality and freedom. We’re the country that’s fought generation after generation to extend that equality to the many not restrict it to the few. We’ve been there before and we’re not going back.”

(selling abortion as an ‘equality’ measure. I’m not sure how killing a baby, or making a choice against your husband and God is an ‘equality’ principle.  In fact, i’m not even certain you can use extreme biological differences, like having a womb and being capable of producing children, to make a good point about ‘equality’, because there are some who have it and some who do not.  Do we want to equalize the world by removing the wombs from those who have them so all do not?  Isn’t this reducing all of society to the ‘lowest common denominator’ in order to promote this perversion of ‘equality’? What is the proper term for reducing society to make everyone ‘equal’?)

“I have worked on these issues for decades now. I put Roe at the center of my lesson plan on reproductive freedom when I taught Constitutional Law. Not simply as a case about privacy but as part of the broader struggle for women’s equality. Steve and Pam will tell you that we fought together in the Illinois State Senate against restrictive choice legislation—laws just like the federal abortion laws, the federal abortion bans that are cropping up. I’ve stood up for the freedom of choice in the United States Senate and I stand by my votes against the confirmation of Judge Roberts and Samuel Alito [Applause]

So, you know where I stand. But this more is than just about standing our ground. It must be about more than protecting the gains of the past.”

“There will always be people, many of goodwill, who do not share my view on the issue of choice. On this fundamental issue, I will not yield and Planned Parenthood will not yield. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t find common ground. Because we know that what’s at stake is more than whether or not a woman can choose an abortion.”

“Choice is about how we lead our lives. It’s about our families and
about our communities. ”

(yeah, killing unborn and partially-born children certainly affects families and communities.)

“It’s about our daughters and whether they’re going to have the same opportunities as our sons. There are those who want us to believe otherwise. They want us to believe that there’s nothing that unites us as Americans—there’s only what divides us. They’ll seek out the narrowest and most divisive ground. That is the strategy—to always argue small instead of looking at the big picture. They will stand in the way of any attempt to find common ground.”

(he’s using that weird ‘daughters be equal to our sons’ thing again. even more bizarre, this guy … the same one whose major talking point in all 3 debates was to say “GEORGE BUSH!” to try to bias the audience against his opponent … is saying that there will always be those who try to divide us, who ‘seek out the narrowest and most divisive gound’.  hmmm)

“It’s time to turn the page on a policies that provides almost 1.5 billion dollar to teach abstinence in our schools but refuses to teach basic science and basic contraception.”

(whaaa -? He must be taking advantage of the ignorance of most Americans and the small role they play in their child’s lives.  They teach abstinence in schools about as much as they teach creationism – ‘there are some who believe …’ – most of sex ed is teaching biology, symptoms of STDs, how to use a condom, some of the more popular types of sexual perversion – like homosexuality and masturbation – and passing out Planned parenthood literature – including ’emergency hotlines’ and directing kids to their ‘fun’ kid-oriented baby-killing website.)

“There’s a moral component to prevention. And we shouldn’t be shy about acknowledging it. As parents, as family members, we need to encourage young people to show reverence toward sexuality and intimacy. We need to teach that not just to the young girls, we need to teach it to those young boys. [Applause]”

(whoa! good job! shocking! i totalluy agree! i -)

“But even as we are teaching those lessons, we should never be willing to consign a teenage girl to a lifetime of struggle because of a lack of access to birth control or a lifetime of illness because she doesn’t understand how to protect herself. That’s just commonsense.”

(knew there was a catch. “religion is important, but you also gotta give condoms and birth control pills to your kids and let them have abortions. see, God was wrong: we CAN serve two masters!”)

“We need to tackle the tragedy of unintended teen pregnancy. When seven hundred and fifty thousand teens become pregnant every year, and half of Latina and black teens will become mothers before reaching their twenties, it’s not just a public health problem. If we reduce teen pregnancy, we can also reduce poverty.”

(i can totally follow the reasoning … “less unwed mothers = less poverty” … but where are the numbers to back this up? we’ve been killing thousands of babies every week for the past 30 or so years, and poverty has continued to rise.)

“Now the good news is that there has been a decline in the teen birth rate, in part due to the outstanding work of Planned Parenthood.”

(notice how he used the term “teen birth rate” instead of “teen pregnancy rate”?  “teen birth rate” is how many teens deliver a baby at or around full-term. it implies a living child, with all the consequences and responsibilities.  “teen pregancy rate” has actually risen to shocking numbers – also ‘in part due to the efforts of Planned Parenthood’ and their “it’s ok to have sex, just come here immediately when you’re done so we can kill it” system.  What Obama is saying is that he’s proud of the easy accessibility to ‘morning after pills’ and ‘abortions’, and doesn’t care that the real root of the problem – teen sex – is rampant. He wants you to avoid looking at ‘teen pregnancies’, because that information will reveal the ineffectiveness of Planned Parenthood and Sex Ed programs in preventing pregnancies … and instead look at how many births took place after the hiding and butchering has taken place.)
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i’m sorry to have simply cut-n-pasted and commented on only a small handful of his statements.  LJ has a text limit, and i routinely exceed it.

the full transcript is available here: http://groups.google.com/group/talk.politics.misc/browse_thread/thread/e6204f3fdad05006 , at least until he takes office and it is suppressed. 

i think a lot of people are under the misconception that ‘Planned Parenthood’ is a multi-purpose, non-biased ‘sexual health’ and ‘pregnancy options’ place. 
it isn’t.
they do provide some reproductive health (you can go there after you catch an STD and be referred to a doctor), but they mostly deal with ELIMINATING “unwanted pregnancies’, whether through ‘prevention’ (birth control), or ‘termination’ (morning after pill, abortion).  Girls who wander into a PP are not counseled against abortion … if that’s what they’re there for, that’s what they get.  Most PPs will have some limited brochures on the wall in the waiting room, which fulfill the requirement to ‘provide alternatives’, but these are usually untouched (and sometimes dusty).
PP also sponsors classes on various sexual activity, which are supposed to improve ‘sexual health’ and limit STDs, but obviously not enough effort is being put into fixing the problem, since it has continued to grow (which is good for business, i suppose).

anyway, don’t vote for Obama. 

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