In an election cycle that is dominated by Bush bashing, anti-Iraq fervor, and over-hyping of the current financial crisis, some think that some of the other social issues are irrelevant. Yet, for those like me who are not huge Sen. John McCain fans, I find that I cannot, in good conscious, vote for Sen. Barack Obama, a candidate whose abortion views are so extreme as to make his views completely unacceptable.
Let me make this clear: I am not a one-issue voter. If I thought that Sen. McCain's economics would send the United States into financial free fall, while Sen. Obama's views were the only things that could save the economy, then I might be forced to vote for Sen. Obama even if he were pro-choice/pro-abortion. But even in these troubling financial times, abortion remains an important factor in determining which candidate will receive my vote.
However, even if I believed it would be economically disastrous to elect Sen. McCain, Sen. Obama's extreme views on abortion make him a non-viable candidate for the highest executive office of the United States.
Why do I believe this? Well, Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University, a member of the President's Council on Bioethics, and former member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights, has recently published an article on Sen. Obama's abortion views based upon a thorough examination of Sen. Obama's voting record. His conclusion, as found in Obama's Abortion Extremism, reads:
Barack Obama is the most extreme pro-abortion candidate ever to seek the office of President of the United States. He is the most extreme pro-abortion member of the United States Senate. Indeed, he is the most extreme pro-abortion legislator ever to serve in either house of the United States Congress.
Going step by step through his record, he points out that Sen. Obama has
(1) supported "legislation that would repeal the Hyde Amendment, which protects pro-life citizens from having to pay for abortions that are not necessary to save the life of the mother and are not the result of rape or incest";
(2) promised to immediately sign the "'Freedom of Choice Act' (known as FOCA). This proposed legislation would create a federally guaranteed 'fundamental right' to abortion through all nine months of pregnancy, including, as Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia has noted in a statement condemning the proposed Act, 'a right to abort a fully developed child in the final weeks for undefined 'health' reasons'";
(3) "opposed the ban on partial-birth abortions when he served in the Illinois legislature and condemned the Supreme Court decision that upheld legislation banning this heinous practice";
(4) failed to endorse the "Pregnant Women Support Act, the signature bill of Democrats for Life, meant to reduce abortions by providing assistance for women facing crisis pregnancies";
(5) "as an Illinois state senator Obama opposed legislation to protect children who are born alive, either as a result of an abortionist's unsuccessful effort to kill them in the womb, or by the deliberate delivery of the baby prior to viability".
And the article goes on and on and on giving more gruesome details of Sen. Obama's abysmal record of abortion rights extremism. I don't use the word "extremism" lightly here. There is no question that Sen. Obama is way, way outside of the mainstream of American society on this issue. He is far, far to the left of his own party.
After reading this article, I have no doubt that Sen. Obama would do everything within his power to promote the pro-abortion/pro-choice agenda while in office. I have no question he would work to unwind the many gains by the pro-life community that a broad spectrum of Americans have wisely put in place to limit this heinous procedure. In accordance with his general views of government, Sen. Obama will nationalize the issue through FOCA making many state laws that differ from the extreme views in this legislation void.
For those reasons, Sen. Obama has made himself someone for whom I cannot vote. I encourage all thinking pro-life people in this country to read Professor George's article before entering the voting booth because it spells out clearly and convincingly why Sen. Obama would be catastrophic to the pro-life cause for years to come if he is elected president.
HT: Stand to Reason Blog (Melinda Penner)