Obama Culture of Death Update™: Obama Advisor Says “It is Not Our Goal to Reduce the Number of Abortions” [UPDATED]
(Hat tip: Creative Minority Report)
If the allegedly "pro-life" supporters of the President don't speak out forcefully against the administration for this, then they will have proven themselves to be the pro-abortion liars and hypocrites that Regular Guy Paul has always said they are:
Uttered at a meeting of abortion interest groups, pro and con, to discuss the sort of meaningless “common ground” to which Obama paid lip service at Notre Dame.My Comments:I noted that there are three main ways the administration can reach its goals: by what it funds, its messages from the bully pulpit, and by what it restricts. It is universally agreed that the role of parents is crucial, so government should not deny parents the ability to be involved in vital decisions. The goals need to be clear; the amount of funding spent to reduce unintended pregnancies and abortions is not a goal. The U.S. spends nearly $2 billion each year on contraception programs — programs which began in the 1970s — and they’ve clearly failed. We need to take an honest look at why they are not working.[Read the whole thing]
Melody testily interrupted to state that she had to correct me. “It is not our goal to reduce the number of abortions.”
The room was silent.
The goal, she insisted, is to “reduce the need for abortions.”…
Abortion advocates object to the phrase “reducing abortions.” It connotes that there is something bad or immoral about abortion. Melody’s background as a board member of one of the most hard-core abortion groups in the country (Emily’s List even opposes bans on partial-birth abortion) sheds light on why she was irritated when that was stated as her boss’ goal.
So, in other words, it is as many of us always said: the goal is to do nothing more than implement the leftist policies that the Dems would have introduced anyway regardless of their impact on abortion, and to just ASSERT - without proof - that such policies reduce - not abortion itself - but rather the so-called "need" for abortion. And I suppose the "common ground" on abortion that we're all supposed to be finding is that we can either get on board with Obama's big government agenda (whether or not it actually reduces abortion) or else be seen as "culture warriors" who are "tied to the old failed ways of doing things" and who are, therefore, "obstructionists" to finding a "pro-life consensus".
What happens, then, when the policies prove themselves to have been ineffective at reducing either the rate or the number of abortions? What happens when the fears of those of us who have been critical of the Administration's pro-abortion policies are proven correct and the rate/number of abortions actually increases?
Will the so-called "pro-life" supporters of the President then admit to Catholic voters that they were sold a bill of goods? Will they admit to aiding and abetting the most pro-abortion President in history in duping Catholics to vote for him? I'm not holding my breath.
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.
UPDATE (25 May)
Regular Guy Paul responds:
This comes as no surprise to me. If you've been paying attention, it should come as no surprise to you. The Obama Administration is pro-abortion. Abortion is not a bad thing, in their view, and they have no interest in discussing ways to end abortion, nor even to reduce the number of abortions.(emphasis in original)
It was a lie. Just like all his other lies. The people who claim to be pro-life and who supported abortion have been patsies. Suckers. Useful idiots, to use a term I saw over at Vox Nova to describe conservative pro-lifers.
The only question is, will the ostensibly pro-life Obama supporters claim to be surprised? Will they resent being shown, and so quickly, to be patsies, suckers, and useful idiots? Or will they continue to make excuses for their real savior? I expect no conversions. There is nothing, nothing Barack Obama can say or do that will cost him the support of Morning's Minion or Douglas Kmiec. He could sign FOCA, he could personally perform abortions, and his Catholic "pro-life" supporters would still be out there shilling for him...
Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
Obama Culture of Death Update™: Administration Now on Record That Promoting "Reproductive Health" Equals Promoting Abortion Abroad
Obama Culture of Death Update™: President Lifts Ban on Federal ESCR Funding
Obama Culture of Death Update™: Obama Nominee for Deputy Sec. of State Says Taxpayers Constitutionally Obligated to Fund Abortion
Moral Accountability . com
Obama Culture of Death Update™: Abortion Necessary to "Ensure Our Daughters Have the Same Rights and Opportunities As Our Sons"
Obama Culture of Death Update™: "White House Web Site Becomes Pro-Abortion After Obama Takeover"
Obama Culture of Death Update™: Among President Obama's First Official Acts is Promoting Abortion Abroad [UPDATED]