U.S. first lady Michelle Obama dances with U.S. President Barack Obama at the Commander-in-Chief Inaugural Ball in Washington Jan. 21. (CNS photo)
From USA Today
President Obama told Planned Parenthood on Friday he will fight various
efforts to restrict women's access to abortion, contraceptives and other
Obama told delegates at a Planned Parenthood national conference
in Washington. "The only person who should get to make decisions about
your health is you."
How that statement squares with ObamaCare is not clear, but let's not be distracted from the main points here, which include the fact
that Pres. Obama is apparently the first sitting POTUS to ever address Planned
Parenthood. Not that anyone is surprised. Personally, I'm surprised it
took this long, although I'm sure it was a politically sound decision to
wait until Obama's second term, if only to keep his actual stance on
abortion under wraps (and, yes, that was a joke, Douglas Kmiec). Meanwhile, from LifeSiteNews.com:
matter how great the challenge, no matter how fierce the opposition,
there’s one thing that the past few years have shown,” said President
Obama, “that Planned Parenthood is not going anywhere. It’s not going
anywhere today. It’s not going anywhere tomorrow."
continued: “As long as we’ve got to fight to make sure women have access
to quality affordable healthcare, and as long as we’ve got to fight to
protect a women’s right to make her own choices about her own health, I
want you to know that you’ve also got a president who’s going to be with
you fighting with you every step of the way.”
was greeted enthusiastically by the crowd of some 1,000 Planned
Parenthood supporters. "You're making me blush," he said in response to
the protracted standing ovation.
The love affair between Obama and PP would be embarrassing if it
weren't so deeply disturbing. The constant talk of "women's rights" and
"health" is par for the course, as is the complete absence of the word
"abortion". For, as then Senator Obama said in 2008,
he "doesn't know anybody who is pro-abortion"apparently even when he
is sitting in a room with a thousand pro-abortion advocates. And, as
usual, his "arguments" in support of PP are filled with plenty of
avoidance of reality:
his speech he aimed his sights directly at pro-life activists. "The fact
is, after decades of progress, there's still those who want to turn
back the clock to policies more suited to the 1950s than the 21st
Century," Obama said. "And they've been involved in an orchestrated and
historic effort to roll back basic rights when it comes to women's
Because we all know that the 21st Century is the Magical, Utopian
Century, in which discussions about life, death, personhood, and
objective, moral truth have been blissfully swept away by endless talk
of "rights", "health", and "access", even while each year tens of
thousands of unborn children are violently robbed of their right to life
and stripped of any access to birth, love, and family. This use of chronological snobbery is, ironicallly, quite old, but it is apparently quite effective for those who think of the 1950s as the Dark Ages.
politicians try to turn Planned Parenthood into a punching bag, they're
not just talking about you," he said. "They're talking about the
millions of women who you serve."
He also recounted how Planned
Parenthood President Cecile Richards, “describes Planned Parenthood as
the only organization that she’s ever been at where there are opponents
who, in her own words, 'literally get up every day trying to figure out
how to keep us from doing our work.'”
He then quipped, “If she had worked in the administration she would be more familiar with this phenomenon.”
By the way, just last month, Cecile Richards told the Washington Post the following:
that North Dakota is now the most unsafe state in the nation. Their
governor has become the poster child for the most anti-woman
[legislation] in the country. He has effectively banned access to safe
and legal abortion. The bill is not only outrageous but
unconstitutional. As a health-care provider, we know the impact it has
on women to no longer have access to legal abortion. Lives are being put
Does that mean Richards is pro-abortion? Or that she is merely in favor of
"legal abortion"? Ah, semantics! Interesting how it is always babies
and words that are treated with such disdain by the abortion industry.
Meanwhile, Richards' statement about PP being uniquely challenged
because of committed opponents is obviously ridiculous, but provides a
sense of just how self-absorbed she and her ilk are when it comes to the
serious business of making money from the culture of death. Which makes
Obama's concluding remarks all the more disgusting: "Thank you Planned
Parenthood. God bless you."
All of which brings to mind my 2009 interview with Dr. William Brennan, author of John Paul II: Confronting the Language Empowering the Culture of Death. Here is part of that conversation:
Based on his public record and speeches, do you think President Obama
engages in verbal duplicity when it comes to abortion and other life
issues? What do you think of his recent call, at Notre Dame, for "common
ground" to be found between those who are "pro-choice" and those who
Dr. Brennan: Throughout his
political career, President Obama has pushed a radical pro-abortion
agenda. As an Illinois state senator, he voted against legislation that
prohibited taxpayer funding of abortion and against a bill requiring
parental notification before an abortion could be performed on a minor.
On several occasions, he even opposed the passage of a law intended to
provide medical care for infants who survived botched abortions.
a U.S. senator, he opposed legislation banning partial-birth abortion
and co-sponsored the Freedom of Choice Act, a far-reaching proposal that
would wipe out virtually all state and federal limitations on abortion.
Ever since occupying the Oval Office, Obama issued executive orders
reversing a ban on financing international organizations that promote or
perform abortions and lifting the prohibition on the funding of
embryo-destructive research. He also revoked a 2007 executive order
promoting governmental support for alternative non-destructive adult
stem cell research. In addition, with the help of powerful Congressional
allies, President Obama's "health care reform" plan is being used as a
vehicle to impose sweeping abortion mandates.
Obama resorts to
verbal duplicity extensively in presenting such destructive measures as
moderate, reasonable, and beneficent actions. The mainstreaming of
abortion into a basic component of health-care reform is based on the
portrayal of medicalized destruction as a legitimate "medical procedure"
and "health-care service." His issuance of executive orders increasing
the funding of embryo-destructive research belies an attempt to get the
public to embrace the view of human embryos as nothing more than "raw
material" for bolstering biomedical research in the service of humanity.
Some claim that he rescinded the Bush administrative order supportive
of adult stem cell research because it contained a clause asserting the
biological truth that "human embryos and fetuses, as members of the
human species, are not raw material to be exploited or commodities to be
bought and sold."
Obama's slavish conformity to pro-choice
doublespeak is especially relentless. In a talk before the Planned
Parenthood Action Fund on July 17, 2007, he repeatedly parroted
pro-choice slogans, characterizing the "right to choose" as "one of the
most fundamental freedoms," reminding his audience, "I've stood up for
the freedom of choice in the United States Senate," and reassuring them,
"On the issue of choice . . . I will not yield." He further vowed that
the first thing he would do as president "is to sign the Freedom of
Choice Act." On January 22, 2008, the 35th anniversary of the Roe v.
Wade decision, Obama boasted about his "100 % pro-choice rating with
Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America" and again stated he
would continue defending "the woman's right to choose" by "passing the
Freedom of Choice Act." Soon after becoming president, he released a
statement asserting, "I remain committed to protecting a woman's right
to choose." By the end of April 2009, he repeated his hardcore
allegiance to the woman's "right to choose," but announced that the
"Freedom of Choice Act" is no longer "my highest legislative priority."
Apparently, the limitless access to abortion so strikingly evident in
FOCA has a better chance of success when its totalitarian provisions are
enacted within the less transparent context of subtle, incremental, and
step-by-step stealth strategies.
Read the entire interview at Ignatius Insight.