Congratulations on your win earlier this month, Mr. Obama. Your inspiring campaign, historic victory, and considerable mandate offer a great deal of potential for your presidency and what you might do for our beloved country. Today you have much to be proud of, and I join with you and my fellow Americans as we put aside the partisanship of this electoral season, that we might work together on repairing that which is broken, maintaining that which is good, and finding our way to an America that is as good as its promise.
Before I continue, I must tell you that I did not support your candidacy. Though I recognize that you are a man of great talent and acumen, and though I acquiesce that a presidential candidate must be many things to many people while addressing an enormous spectrum of issues, yet on one issue I cannot reconcile your stated position with any standard of morality, nor even intellectual honesty.
Mr. Obama, in regards to abortion, you are one of the most extreme, brutal, and callous politicians I have ever encountered.
In the Illinois State Senate, you refused to vote for the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act not once, not twice, not even three times, but on four separate occasions in 2001 and 2002. As you recall, the purpose of the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act is to extend legal protection to infants born alive after a failed attempt at an induced abortion. Four times, Mr. Obama, you could not be moved to vote ‘yes’ to protect these infants, a position so extreme that not even your most liberal colleagues would back you. While you were doing your best to kill the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act in the Illinois State Senate, a similar bill passed unanimously in the United States Senate. In 2003, you had yet another opportunity to vote on this issue; you chose to vote no again. During this election cycle, you repeatedly said the reason you voted no in 2003 was because the wording on the Illinois bill was different than the wording on the federal bill. In case you need to refresh your memory, here is a comparison of the two bills.
In July 2007, you stood on the steps of Planned Parenthood and pledged, “The first thing I’d do, as president, is sign the Freedom of Choice Act.” As you are well aware, the Freedom of Choice Act would establish the right to abortion as a fundamental right on a federal level. You believe in the right to unfettered abortion, available at any time and for any reason, without restriction or regulation. “I will not yield,” you said. Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider, garners profits of hundreds of thousands of dollars every year through abortions, and also receives several million dollars every year in federal funding. No doubt both these figures will go up if you make good on your promise and sign FOCA.
In August 2008, at the Saddleback Forum, when Rick Warren asked you when you believe human life begins, you glibly responded, “That’s above my pay grade.” Mr. Obama, perhaps you should be thinking about this question regardless of how much you get paid, as a Senator or a President, since it is of grave importance. If human life begins at conception, if there’s even the remote possibility that the United States allows thousands of children to be murdered legally every single day for the last 35 years, I would hope this issue would have weight enough, without you needing extra monetary incentive to carefully examine the issue.
In September 2008, you let slip that you would not want your daughters, “punished with a baby,” which I fear is indicative of a terribly skewed philosophy towards life. While I sympathize with women facing crisis pregnancies, while I believe that being truly pro-life entails helping provide financial and emotional support for these women, the fact remains that regardless of the manner in which a child is conceived, regardless of whether or not it is wanted by its biological parents, life begins at conception, human rights begin at conception. Every day, the United States government not only sanctions, but funds with my tax dollars, the systematic murder of unwanted children.
You see, Mr. Obama, the reason I, and others in the pro-life movement, fight so hard is because we believe that each and every human life is intrinsically valuable. We fight to be heard because 50,000,000 voices have been silenced since 1973. We fight for those who have been denied their most basic right, in the name of convenience and progress and an illusory “right to privacy”.
Mr. Obama, in your victory speech, you promised to “listen to you, especially when we disagree.” I could not disagree with you more on abortion, so it is my hope — a favorite word of yours — that you will especially listen to me. As you said, “To those Americans whose support I have yet to earn — I may not have won your vote, but I hear your voices, I need your help, and I will be your President too.” Please listen to me, Senator Obama. Listen to the 56% of Americans who oppose 96% of all abortion, the 74% who think taxpayer money should not be funding abortions, and the 51% of 18-29 year-olds self-identify as pro-life. You no longer represent just yourself or just the Democratic party. You represent the American people, and most of us want more restrictions on abortion, not fewer.
Should you choose not to listen, Senator Obama, we will not go away, nor will we be silenced or deterred. And this is not a threat, Mr. Obama, but a promise. A promise that so long as abortion facilities remain open, so long as every citizen’s hard-earned tax money goes to the destruction of human life, so long as this nation willfully turns away from the barbaric reality that is abortion, we will not be silent. We will vote for pro-life politicians, we will support pro-life legislation. We will staff crisis pregnancy centers and post-abortion healing programs, we will fight the opening of abortion facilities in our towns, we will expose Planned Parenthood’s systematic deception. In short, we will never give up, we shall not be silent, for the cost is too great.
I do not deny the complications which would result from the abolition of abortion, but I urge you to realize that the cost — the loss of thousands of lives every single day — is far too great to be outweighed by cold pragmatism. Your win this month was historic, but today I ask you to look ahead with me to a far greater moment, just ahead, when all Americans see each life as a gift, see each human being as unique and worthy of respect and equally deserving of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Mr. Obama, can you listen to America on this issue? Can we work together to make abortion as much a part of history as the notion that a black man could never be president? Can we quit hiding from and lying to ourselves about the atrocities of the abortion industry, protecting even the least and the littlest?
Yes, we can, Mr. Obama. Yes, we can.