Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Obama Culture of Death Update™: "White House Web Site Becomes Pro-Abortion After Obama Takeover"

LifeNews reports:

Washington, DC ( -- In less than five minutes after Barack Obama took over as the next president, the White House web site changed from pro-life to pro-abortion. The previous site, which touted the pro-life proclamation President Bush signed late last week, now includes Obama's agenda for women, which calls for promoting abortion.

Gone is any mention of the Sanctity of Human Life Day or the speeches or actions of President Bush's that promoted human life. Now, in the same color scheme and format as the Bush site, there is a celebration of Obama's agenda.

Though abortions cause women a myriad of medical and mental health problems, Obama states his clear intent, in a section entitled "reproductive choice," to make abortions even more available.

"President Obama understands that abortion is a divisive issue, and respects those who disagree with him. However, he has been a consistent champion of reproductive choice and will make preserving women's rights under Roe v. Wade a priority in his Adminstration [sic]," the Obama White House site says.

"He opposes any constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court's decision in that case," it adds.

The White House page also touts Obama's backing for the Prevention First Act.

Billed as a measure to provide more funding for family planning and contraception, pro-life advocates oppose it because it sends millions of dollars to Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion business that does 25 percent of the abortions across the country.

The Obama White House site also promotes the new president's view that Americans should be forced to pay for embryonic stem cell research, which involves the destruction of human life and has never helped a single patient.

The web site comes across as a false claim that government has not supported stem cell research in general, even though President Bush spent hundreds of millions of dollars promoting the use of adult stem cells -- the only kind to help any patients.

"President Obama and Vice President Biden believe that we owe it to the American public to explore the potential of stem cells to treat the millions of people suffering from debilitating and life-threatening diseases," the White House site says.

"Obama is a co-sponsor of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007, which will allow research of human embryonic stem cells derived from embryos donated (with consent) from in vitro fertilization clinics. These embryos must be deemed in excess and created based solely for the purpose of fertility treatment," it adds...
Reaction to the White House website's sudden change in focus has been swift around the Catholic blogosphere.

Red Cardigan calls it "depressing" and wonders "What does Doug Kmiec think of this?" (I think the question answers itself ...)

Deacon Keith Fournier ominously proclaims "Now it Begins".

And Michael Denton's latest entry in his new "No, You Can't™" series adds a little fisking for good measure:
For those who were interested. The Red is mine, as is the bolding:

  • Supports a Woman's Right to Choose: President Obama understands that abortion is a divisive issue (yay! he can read the newspaper! Just wait until the March), and respects those who disagree with him. However, he has been a consistent champion of reproductive choice and will make preserving women's rights under Roe v. Wade a priority (I wonder if Doug Kmiec will claim that Obama is persecuting his pro-Obama position by saying what Jay Anderson has been saying for months) in his Adminstration. He opposes any constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court's decision in that case.
  • Preventing Unintended Pregnancy: President Obama was an original co-sponsor of legislation to expand access to contraception, health information (read, sex-ed programs), and preventive services (read, contraception availability, possibly abortion as well) to help reduce unintended pregnancies. Introduced in January 2007, the Prevention First Act will increase funding for family planning and comprehensive sex education that teaches both abstinence and safe sex methods (I.e. Teacher begins "Some people want to wait until they're married. Now let's talk about sex, sex-toys, homosexuality, bisexuality, pornography, gender, polygamy, and of course contraception). The Act will also end insurance discrimination against contraception, improve awareness about emergency contraception, and provide compassionate assistance to rape victims (With the emergency contraception clause, this is probably an ode to forcing hospitals to dispense the Morning After pill).

  • Shocking news, I'm sure. Unless you had paid attention to his positions in the campaign.

    No, You Can't
    argue that Obama is going to be helpful to the pro-life clause when his stated positions suggest that he's looking to force Catholic hospitals to dispensing an abortifacient.

    This Obama Culture of Death Update™ has been brought to you by Prof. Douglas Kmiec, Eric McFadden, all the fine folks at Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good / Catholics United / Catholic Democrats, and countless other Catholics for whom "Hope" and "Change" trumped LIFE.

    Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
    Obama Culture of Death Update™: Among President Obama's First Official Acts is Promoting Abortion Abroad [UPDATED]

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    At 1/21/2009 4:31 AM, Blogger SQUELLY said...

    This is sad and worrying- the same language used in England before we got into the mess we are in now. All we can do is pray.

    At 1/21/2009 10:13 AM, Blogger Catholic Mom said...

    Squelly, it is closer to England than you may realize. I've just posted about the initiative to set up an agency modeled after the British National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) to determine if a patient's life is worth a given treatment.

    At 1/22/2009 3:57 PM, Blogger Tito Edwards said...

    Thank you Vox Nova for getting us President Obama.

    At 1/23/2009 1:02 PM, Anonymous crankycon said...


    I don't really think VN is that influential.

    At 2/20/2009 8:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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