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President lightens up on abortion stand

Allen Lottinger -   May 21, 2009

We admire President Barrack Obama for at least going to Notre Dame and making the graduation speech amidst a lot of opposition. His pro-abortion stand does not exactly coincide with the preachings of the Catholic Church.

But he stood his ground, making his controversial position as light as possible.

“This is a heart-wrenching decision,” said he, “for any woman to make with both moral and spiritual dimensions. So let’s work together to reduce the number of women seeking abortions by reducing unintended pregnancies, and making adoption more available, and providing care and support for women who do carry their child to term.”

Obama, of course, owes his election to pro-choice organizations and voters. To turn his back on them at this time is not very likely.

It is interesting to note, however, that a recent Gallup survey found 51 percent of  people questioned called themselves pro-life and only 42 percent pro-choice. That is the way the tide has been swinging in recent years.

It is unlikely that Obama will nominate a pro-lifer to take the place of Justice David Souter who will retire this summer. A thin majority of the court has opposed overturning Roe vs. Wade which legalizes abortion in all states and Souter is one of them. Hopefully the President will play it fair and appoint someone with at least an open mind on the subject.

The President’s speech was welcomed by most graduates and faculty members who do not necessarily endorse his views on abortion. In fact it could help start some serious efforts and not just demonstrations to curtail the heinous act. He asked that they work together to reduce the number of women seeking abortions.

With more people opposing abortions, the future looks bright in that respect. Pro-lifers should constantly urge pregnant women considering abortion to carry their babies to term and allow adoption instead. And the Supreme Court may realize one day that killing a human life within the womb is not much different from killing one outside of it.

Getting the President to talk on the subject to people opposed to the practice could help put it in its proper perspective. After all, we can’t solve a problem without talking and listening.

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