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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.

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Many people feel that the issue of abortion is a political taboo.  Nobody on either side is going to be swayed to change their position, so why even bring it up?  It just causes unnecessary bickering.  I think this is wrong, and I’m not afraid to say it.  I think it should be talked about, no matter how uncomfortable it makes anybody.  I think that minds can be changed.  And I also think that abortion, as well as any political or societal  issue, can be discussed and debated in a civilized manner.  But that’s just me.

A lot has been said, during the election and since, about Obama’s four time stance in the Illinois legislature against  the requiring of medical treatment for babies who were born alive after “induced labor” abortions.  This clip explains the details of that particular circumstance and fully clarifies Obama’s position.  Jill Stanek, the nurse being interviewed here witnessed firsthand what was happening to these babies (if born alive they were taken to the soiled utility room and simply left to die, denied any medical attempt to sustain their lives) and became a pro-life activist as a result.  The law that Obama repeatedly voted against, and actually played a leadership role in defeating, would have simply defined any baby that was born alive as a human being that would thus be entitled to constitutional protection, and would have had no affect whatsoever on the definition of fetuses still in utero.  Even the abortion lobby changed its position from “against” to “neutral” on this.  Then Illinois Senator Barack Obama was in fact the only legislator to actually speak out against the bill.  If that’s not a radical position on abortion then I don’t know what is.  FYI:  Though, thanks to Obama, the Illinois bill never passed, the Federal Born Alive Act did eventully become law, and passed unanimously (Obama was not yet a U.S. Senator and so he did not have the opportunity to vote against it).

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FYI:  President Obama announced today that he will overturn the Bush policy on embryonic stem cells, thus allowing federal taxpayer dollars to be used for medical research using embryonic stem cells.  It should be noted that Bush’s limitation on the use of  tax dollars applied only to the 21 stem cell lines that been been produced before his decision.

It should also be noted that “research on adult stem cells has proved more effective and less controversial since it does not involve the destruction of human embryos,” from the Susan B. Anthony List blurb on this.

Dr. James A. Thomson, one of the pioneers of stem cell research, has said,

“If human embryonic stem cell research does not make you at least a little bit uncomfortable, you have not thought about it enough.  I thought long and hard about whether I would do it.”

Considering not only that adult stem cell research has proved more effective, but that Dr. Thomson has since discovered “a new way to turn ordinary human skin cells into what appear to be embryonic stem cells without ever using a human embryo,” it seems to me that this is a purely political decision by Obama.  It is a way to appease a certain constituency, while at the same time taking a political slap at his presidential predecessor.

Make of it what you will.

UPDATE:  Two days after signing the executive order “ok”ing it, Obama signed legislation banning embryonic stem cell research.  Apparently, the provision was buried in the 465-page omnibus appropriations bill.  My take?  Obama didn’t have a clue that the Dickey-Wicker amendment was in the massive bill, or else why would he have made a fanfare of reversing Bush’s ban on the research just two days prior?  Things like this really make me wonder if Obama has a competent handle on the office he holds.  

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Obama’s administration recently announced that it plans to rescind the “conscience rule,” a federal policy implemented under Bush that offers job protection to health care providers who choose not to participate in “care” that they find religiously or morally objectionable, i.e. abortion counseling and other family planning services.  This is on the heels of Obama’s reversal of the Mexico City Policy, which effectively makes it legal for U.S. taxpayer dollars to fund abortions in other countries.

From the Washington Post:

The debate centers on a Bush administration regulation, enacted in December, that cuts off federal funding for thousands of state and local governments, hospitals, health plans, clinics and other entities if they do not accommodate doctors, nurses, pharmacists or other employees who refuse to participate in care they feel violates their personal, moral or religious beliefs.

The rule was sought by conservative groups that argued that workers were increasingly being fired, disciplined or penalized in other ways for trying to exercise their “right of conscience.”

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I recently learned of the Mona Lisa Project, spearheaded by UCLA student activist Lila Rose, who “has dedicated her life to ending abortion.”  From the website:

The Mona Lisa Project videos document Planned Parenthood’s willingness to repeatedly violate mandatory reporting laws for statutory rape that protect children.  Our series of hidden camera investigations, collected by a team led by Lila Rose in summer 2008, provide the public the inside story about the abortion industry and its abuses across the nation. Despite a consistent pattern of lawlessness and abuse, Planned Parenthood receives over $320 million from taxpayers each year. The tax-exempt “nonprofit” netted $100 million in net income last year including revenue of over $100 million directly from performing 289,000 abortions.  We hope that our project will lead to criminal prosecution of Planned Parenthood so that their business practices will be forced to comply with governing laws that protect young girls.

The Mona Lisa Project uses Live Action Films to expose Planned Parenthood.  I was DISGUSTED, though NOT SURPRISED, at what went down at this Bloomington, Indiana clinic (follow this link to watch the video).  A supposed 13 year old girl is first told not to reveal the age of her older boyfriend because state law would require it be reported to CPS, but after the girl indeed reveals that her “boyfriend” is 31, the nurse says:

“Ok, I didn’t hear the age.  I don’t want to know the age.”

Then the girl is basically told to just say she doesn’t really know who the father is, just some guy at school or something…and the nurse says, “Ok, so that problem [is] solved.” Indiana state law requires that parent notification be obtained for an abortion and the girl is expressing how uncomfortable it’s going to be when her parents ask who the father is.  So next, the nurse “shows,” because she admits she is legally barred from “telling,” the girl how to cross state lines to get the abortion in Illinois so her parents won’t find out. Two other videos have been released, another one from Indiana and one from Arizona.  There is a clear pattern of behavior within Planned Parenthood that is consistent among the various clinics.  Pretty appalling stuff.

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President Obama has called for a

New Era of Responsibility.”

I like the sound of that.  It has a nice ring.  I am beginning to wonder, however, if he and I subscribe to different definitions of the word “responsibility”.  I would expect that as President of the United States, Mr. Obama would see the need to lead this effort by example, not just by words.  He was off to a good start here, announcing a freeze in pay for White House aides making more than $100,000.

“Families are tightening their belts, and so should Washington,” the president said.

But where was he on the OUTRAGEOUS pay hike that his friendly Democrat-controlled congress just voted for themselves?  (I haven’t seen the vote tally on this; I’ve heard that some Republicans voted for it too, but the congress does indeed have a HUGE Democrat majority and they are essentially calling the shots).  He had no problem calling out Wall Street on bonuses, but I don’t recall him saying anything about congress, and I have been paying attention.  If I’m wrong, please TELL ME.  I would truly be delighted to learn that he spoke out against this.

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