Can a Catholic Vote for Obama?
Those who accuse presidential aspirant Sen. Barack Obama of empty rhetoric must have missed his speech last July, recently made public, to the benefactors of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. At that festive event, he was as sharp and specific as a scalpel.(emphasis added)
"The first thing I'd do as president," he told a cheering audience, "is sign the Freedom of Choice Act. That's the first thing that I'd do."
The audience cheered enthusiastically. And well they might. As NARAL enthuses on its website, this act would "codify Roe v. Wade's protections and guarantee the right to choose for future generations of women."
In short, if we are to take Obama at his word, his first priority as president would be to serve an early death sentence on millions of unborn Americans.
Obama's record as state senator in Illinois and as United State senator show that these particular sentiments are not, as he might say, "just words."
In 2002, as an Illinois state senator, Obama voted against the Induced Infant Liability Act and twice helped kill it in committee. This bill would have protected those miracle babies that somehow survived late-term abortions.
A Catholic can vote for Obama. If he is willing to pay the price, he can do any fool thing he wants. After all, who among us hasn't done something foolish or sinful?
But most of us have better sense than to brag about it on our bumper stickers.
As I have written here, a Catholic MAY vote for a pro-abortion candidate like Obama under certain circumstances, but definitely SHOULD NOT.
Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
Cybercast News Service: "Catholics Can't Support 'Pro-Choicers,' Church Leaders Say"
Obama's Pledge to Planned Parenthood: “I Will Not Yield"
"Sitting Around a Fire, Ted Kennedy's Wife Visits [Toledo Area] to Fire Up Catholics About Obama"
Obama Calls Vote to Help Terri Schiavo Biggest Mistake
Deal Hudson: "Barack Obama's Catholic Problem"
"Why American Catholics are Supporting Barack Obama
Catholics at the Ballot Box
How the Catholic Left Will Tackle McCain
National Catholic Reporter's Joe Feuerherd to U.S. Catholic Bishops: "Go to Hell"
Deal Hudson and Fr. Thomas Reese on Obama and the Catholic Vote
Deal Hudson on "Douglas Kmiec and the Lure of Obama"
Douglas W. Kmiec on "The Moral Duty to Inquire"
Former Head of "Catholics for a Free Choice" and So-Called "Philosopher of Abortion Movement" Says Obama A Better Choice than Hillary
Professor Bainbridge: "Will Catholic Reaganites Go for Obama?"
Deal Hudson: "Preacher Man: Barack Obama and the the Gospel of Liberalism"
"Sorry, Doug Kmiec, But This Catholic Isn't Buying Obama"
Ramesh Ponnuru on Douglas Kmiec and "Catholic Reaganites for Obama" [UPDATED]
Romney Advisor Says Obama "a Natural for the Catholic Vote"
Sen. Moloch H. Obama Celebrates Abortion, Warns Supreme Court Could Reverse Roe
National Catholic Register: "Religious" Democrat Barack Obama Sticks to the Abortion Line
Litmus Test: Democrat Candidates Demand Pro-Abortion Supreme Court Justices
Obama, Clinton Slam Supreme Court on Abortion Ruling
Democratic Candidates for President Give Unanimous Pro-Abortion Views
During First Debate, Democrats Back Abortion, Criticize Efforts to Save Terri Schiavo
Reaction to Court’s Abortion Ruling Falls Along Predictable Party Lines
The Dissenters' Reasoning & Its Logical Conclusion
Regular Guy Paul on Barack Obama: "Nice is Different Than Good"