Thursday, January 23, 2014

About Obama’s Roe v Wade Statement

While thousands marched in protest of legalized abortion-on-demand yesterday, Our Dear Leader also marked the 41st anniversary of Roe v Wade with a statement.  It was only one paragraph, but what a paragraph!

President Obama issued a statement today to mark the forty-first anniversary of Roe v. Wade. A mere paragraph long, it contains enough euphemism, evasion, and outright falsehood to serve simultaneously as a model of dissimulation and concision.

Moreover, Matthew Schmitz counts eight lies in it.  I’ll defer to him in that regard.  But I find two passages particularly risible.

1. . . .every woman should be able to make her own choices about her body and her health.

This old hackneyed rhetoric about a woman controlling her body willfully and completely ignores that (if she consented) she did not exercise needful self-control in the first place, resulting in an unwanted pregnancy.  More importantly, Obama’s rhetoric ignores that abortion involves more than one body and affects the body of the child far more then the body of the woman by obliterating the body of the child.

I can have a civil and polite discussion about abortion with someone who is for legal abortion (as I did yesterday in fact).  But when someone pulls this card, discussion is pretty much over.  Those who use “her body” rhetoric show they are just spouting talking points and/or willfully ignoring the life of the child.  The child is pretty much a non-person to them.  Attempting to discuss abortion or just about anything of import with people that callous and unthinking is usually pointless.

That we have a President who so willfully ignores the life of the child is chilling.

2. And we resolve to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies, support maternal and child health, and continue to build safe and healthy communities for all our children.

. . . by having permanent open season on unborn children?  Yeah, kill those babies!  It’s for all our children.

If you can stomach the whole statement, you may find that also over at First Things.

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