The gap between what the president says and what the president does is ever widening. In January President Obama called for “common ground” to be found on the issue of abortion, but his views on the subject are so extreme it is hard to even imagine he could be capable of compromise. So far, he has shown that he isn’t (reversal of Mexico City Policy, rescinding of the conscience rule, embryonic stem cell research). Of course, for many his words are all that matter. Maybe the sick words of his latest nominee can shake some sense into people. Obama’s pick for the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Council, Dawn Johnsen, has quite the twisted view of womanhood and motherhood. She argued this before the U.S. Supreme Court:
“The woman is constantly aware for nine months that her body is not wholly her own: the state has conscripted her body for its own ends. Thus, abortion restrictions, ‘reduce pregnant women to no more than fetal containers.'”
Says Rep. Steve King (R-IA), “She’s compared pregnancy to slavery and described it as involuntary servitude.” King, along with five dozen other members of congress, has signed a letter asking Obama to withdraw the nomination. “If President Obama is in any way serious about finding common ground on abortion, he should immediately withdraw his nomination of Dawn Johnsen to head the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel,” says King. He also points to Johnsen’s view that “pregnant females are the losers in the contraceptive lottery and they no more consent to pregnancy as pedestrians consent to being struck by a drunk driver.” She thinks that Hillary Clinton’s statement that abortions should be “safe, legal, and rare” takes the pro-choice movement in the “wrong direction” because abortions should not be rare.
Does this sound like looking for “common ground” to you? I don’t know, though…Johnsen’s views on pregnancy seem remarkably similar to Obama’s, whom if you recall, said that babies are a “punishment” that women should not have to endure. But Obama is so inspiring…sorry folks, but I don’t find his glib tongue and eloquent talk inspiring when it is merely a front for his radical and, frankly, disgusting views on abortion.
This, in contrast, I do find inspiring:
“As a disciple of Jesus Christ, every woman in this Church is given the responsibility for upholding, nurturing, and protecting families. Women have distinct assignments given to them from before the foundation of the world. And as a covenant-keeping Latter-day Saint woman, you know that raising your voice in defense of the doctrine of the family3 is critical to the strength of families the world over.
Knowing and defending the divine roles of women is so important in a world where women are bombarded with false messages about their identity. Popular media figures on the radio and television set themselves up as authorities and spokespersons for women. While these media messages may contain elements of truth, most preach a gospel of individual fulfillment and self-worship, often misleading women regarding their true identity and worth. These voices offer a counterfeit happiness, and as a result, many women are miserable, lonely, and confused.” (Julie B. Beck, addressing Latter-Day-Saint women, in 2007)
I have been through three pregnancies. All three came a little sooner than I had planned, but I don’t resent that fact; rather, I recognize that the Lord’s timing is better than my own would be. I know very well that for nine months of pregnancy a woman is “constantly aware…that her body is not wholly her own,” and I am perfectly ok with this. I get terribly sick during the first third to half of pregnancy; I get miserable back aches, heartburn and headaches, and have trouble sleeping, during the last half. Do I complain? Yes, sometimes I do. Do I ever wish that I could just “end” a pregnancy because I tire of being a “slave,” having lost the “contraceptive lottery?” NO.
All the while of my physical discomfort I am constantly reminded that I am involved in something miraculous and wonderful…that I am privileged to be carrying a precious and unique soul, even a child of God. I am aiding in the creation of a human life. I know that God has entrusted me, as a woman, with the sacred and noble calling of motherhood, with the ability to take part in the most divine and most fulfilling thing I have yet experienced in my life. Pregnancy is tiring, motherhood is challenging…both require personal sacrifice, and both bring about immense joy and happiness, with innumerable rewards in this life and in the life to come. This is my view, which is informed by my knowledge of God’s plan and by my own experiences…and I will not sit idly by while others distort and demean the divine role of women and mothers.