Did anyone catch this exchange on Meet the Press on Sunday, April 6th?
Tim Russert had a discussion with Bob Casey Jr. about his support for Barak Obama.
Russert showed an exerpt of a speech Obama made in Johnstown, PA about kids and sex education.
Obama: “ ...teaching children, you know, that sex is not something casual, but it should also include, it should also include other, you know, information about contraception because, look, I've got two daughters, nine-year-old, now nine years old and six years old. I'm going to teach them, first of all, about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby.” Meet the Press videotape ends here but Obama went on to say, I don't want them to be punished with an STD at 16. It doesn't make sense."
“"Punished with a baby." Is that an appropriate word?” Russert asked.
Bob Casey Jr. answered, “look, you can talk about better word choice, but...he's being very honest. He's honest about the idea that if a, if a teenage girl has a baby, that is a terrible burden and it's difficult.”
Russert stated, “But … it's not a punishment.”
Casey: “ No, I think he's talking about the burden….. If you listen to that whole answer, it showed again why he's a leader.” Casey went on talking about Obama’s leadership for another five sentences.
Russert continued, “But he should not have used the word "punished."”
Casey: I think if he had answered that question again, he would--he'd, he'd use different words. But I think the point he was trying to make was a very important point, that we've got to remember that if a teenage girl has a baby, it's usually, in most instances, a difficult burden. (end)
Yet “punishment” seems to be the word Obama intended since he used it twice in the same thought, once to refer to an unwanted baby and the second time to refer to sexually transmitted diseases. Does Obama think of unwanted pregnancy as a disease? Was this merely a poor choice of words? Isn’t the real issue Obama’s attitude toward abortion?
Conservative commentator Laura Echevarria, formerly media relations director for National Right to Life committee, reacted to Obama’s comment in her blog http://lauraechevarria.blogspot.com
“Suddenly an innocent human baby is "punishment" …… I realize that a parent would rather not have his or her child become a single mother….. but I would never consider the baby a punishment should such a thing happen. The child would be my grandchild…..the attitude that the child is a punishment certainly fits with the pro-abortion rhetoric of both Democratic campaigns and their pro-abortion supporters”
Obama does not offer his rabid pro-abortion views while on the campaign trail, but had no problem mentioning them when he stood before the Planned Parenthood Action Fund gathering on July 17, 2007. Obama embraced abortion on demand, “there’s a lot at stake in this election, especially for our daughters. ….. review the recent decisions handed down by the Supreme Court….Gonzales versus Carhart, (the Supreme Court decision which upheol the ban on partial-birth abortion)... Some people argue that the federal ban on abortion was just an isolated effort aimed at one medical procedure" not “a concerted effort to roll back the hard-won rights of American women” Obama continued, “That presumption is wrong..... With one more vacancy on the Court, we could be looking at a majority hostile to a woman’s fundamental right to choose for the first time since Roe versus Wade and that is what is at stake in this election.”
Obama shares Planned Parenthood’s view of abortion as woman’s “fundamental right”. A Planned Parenthood audience member questioned Obama on what he would do to “ensure access to abortion” and make sure “judicial nominees …are true to the core tenets of Roe v. Wade?”
Obama answered, “the first thing I’d do as president is… sign the Freedom of Choice Act.” “ .. but your question about the federal courts is absolutely on target…. I opposed Alito, you know, as well as Justice Roberts.” (Alito and Roberts support limits on abortion and an interpretation of the Constitution based on the original intent of the Founding Fathers.) Obama praised Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s vision of what America should be. Ginsburg opposed the ban on partial birth abortion. In partial birth abortion, an unborn child is partially delivered, stabbed in the back of the neck with scissors so a tube can be inserted to suction out the child’s brain, then a dead baby is delivered.
Senator Casey needs to take a closer look at Obama’s support for abortion
©4/9/2008 Sue Cirba