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Sad, Sad, Sad Speech from this Self-Deceived White House

January 23, 2011

The following three paragraph came with obvious glee from the White House Press Office at the behest of the President of the United States:

Today marks the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that protects women’s health and reproductive freedom, and affirms a fundamental principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters.

I am committed to protecting this constitutional right. I also remain committed to policies, initiatives, and programs that help prevent unintended pregnancies, support pregnant women and mothers, encourage healthy relationships, and  promote adoption.

And on this anniversary, I hope that we will recommit ourselves more broadly to ensuring that our daughters have the same rights, the same freedoms, and the same opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams.

Questions and comments abound from the Orwellian-speak of this proclamation.

1) What women’s health issues are left unprotected if abortion were outlawed by being ruled unconstitutional?

2) Does not “reproductive freedom” end where reproductive success has begun? Isn’t it then that reproductive responsibility began in the past? And why hasn’t “reproductive freedom” been defined by someone to say that a man’s “reproductive freedom” might give him the right to have the child safely born so that he might father him or her?

3) What are the “policies, initiatives, and programs” which “help prevent unintended pregnancies”? Does this include the RU-486 pill? Sex-education classes at the earliest age deemed possible (sometimes pushed in Kindergarten)? Promotion of the so-called gay lifestyle in which reproduction is impossible (though adoption is now a possibility in some states)?

4) The “government should not intrude upon private family matters.” Does this hold true in all 50 states for home-schooling? (it might; I’m just not sure). What about in those very murky areas where a family refuses medical treatment for all family members, including its sick child, even in a life-threatening situation? Does the fundamental principle that the “government should not intrude on private family matters” hold here? It certainly does not seem to be as strongly enforced by the courts when those difficult cases have arisen.

5) “This constitutional right” will be protected by this president. Where, exactly, in the constitution, is this right specified? Do we realize that 2 justices couldn’t find this right in the 1973 ruling? That basically it came down to 3 justices finding this “right” in the constitution to set aside all 50 states’ laws concerning the regulation of abortion within their jurisdictions?

6) This may be just me, but I do NOT understand the need to say that “I also remain committed to policies, initiatives, and programs that . . . support pregnant women and mothers, encourage healthy relationships, and  promote adoption.” What is the point of such support when the most fundamental thing to celebrate on January 22nd annually is “the Supreme Court decision that protects women’s health and reproductive freedom”? How can one value both (my silliness shows here doesn’t it as we live in a post-modern, post-words-have-meaning world, don’t we?).

7) What is being said in the last paragraph which reads, “And on this anniversary, I hope that we will recommit ourselves more broadly to ensuring that our daughters have the same rights, the same freedoms, and the same opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams.” Really, I don’t get that statement if it is saying that, unless a daughter has the right to an abortion at any stage of fetal development, then she is somehow denied the same privileged life of our sons and her brothers.

We must fight until the Biblical vision of the beginning of human life becomes the law of our land once again:

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.

My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.

Psalm 139:13-16

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