By Dave Andrusko
Here are a few thoughts about President Obama’s State of the Union address.
#1. Let’s start with his reference to abortion and the blowback from some never-enough pro-abortionists who somehow convinced themselves Mr. Obama was “passing judgment” on abortion. The President said
We still may not agree on a woman’s right to choose, but surely we can agree it’s a good thing that teen pregnancies and abortions are nearing all-time lows, and that every woman should have access to the health care she needs.
The teeth of every pro-lifer in America were set on edge with that one. What exactly has the Obama administration done to lower the number of abortions? Nothing, of course. The exact opposite is true. The ‘health care’ he referred to presumably is another encomium to ObamaCare which, as NRLC has shown repeatedly, contains multiple abortion-expanding components.
#2. Steph Herold, a pro-abortionist’s pro-abortionist, writes for Rhrealitycheck.org , among other militant pro-abortion sites. Last night she tweeted
Steph Herold @StephHerold
By saying that you want abortion rate to be low you’re passing a negative judgement on the people who perform & have abortions. #SOTU
We’ve written about this dozens of times. There is a significant wing within the Abortion Movement that boldly, defiantly, insistently demands that there can never be enough abortions and that a decline in the number of abortions is a “defeat.” Why? Because abortion is a positive “good” and failing to treat the destruction of over 57 million unborn children as an unmitigated success is saying life is better than death, a taboo if ever there was one.
#3. Contrast the President’s remarks on life with what newly-elected pro-life Senator Joni Ernst’s (R-Iowa) said in the Republicans response: “We will defend life because protecting the vulnerable is an important measure of any society.”
That immediately reminded me of Monday’s and Tuesday’s NRL News Today where we wrote about Ronald Reagan’s 1984 proclamation declaring January 22 as Sanctity of Human Life Day. [nrlc.cc/15z0gNL; nrlc.cc/15z0pRA].
President Reagan wrote that abortion is “a tragedy of stunning dimensions that stands in sad contrast to our belief that each life is sacred.” He added tellingly, “It is fitting, then, on the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade that struck down State anti-abortion laws, that we reflect anew on these blessings, and on our corresponding responsibility to guard with care the lives and freedoms of even the weakest of our fellow human beings.”
#4. Of course while Herold et al. might cry crocodile tears, from the pro-abortionist’s vantage point what mattered is that in a “Statement of Administration Policy,” the President’s staff promised that Obama would veto H.R. 36. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act would extend general protection from abortion to unborn children nationwide beginning at 20 weeks fetal age, based on congressional recognition that by this point in development, if not earlier, the unborn child is capable of experiencing pain.
The statement was replete with the usual pro-abortion filler, including the audacious contention that the Obama administration is “continuing its efforts” to “minimize the need for abortion”!
But this does serve to clarify (yet again) that the battle lines are set. President Obama is set to veto a law that 60% of a nationwide poll of 1,623 registered voters in November 2014 said they would support. BTW, women voters split 59-35% in support of such a law as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
As an aside, but an important one, President Obama practically preened last night. One moment he would be talking about getting past petty politics, the next moment he would take petty cheap shots.