Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago, president of the U.S. Catholic bishops, congratulated Obama on his historic election as the first African American president. In a letter to Obama on behalf of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, George said (my emphases): “The people of our country have entrusted you with a great responsibility. As Catholic bishops we offer our prayer that God give you strength and wisdom to meet the coming challenges.”
He went on, “We stand ready to work with you in defense and support of the life and dignity of every human person. We pray that you will use the powers of your office to meeet them with a special concern to defend the most vulnerable among us and heal the divisions in our country and our world.”
Similarly, Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl of Washington said in a statement, “May our nation’s new leaders be guided in their decisions with wisdom and compassion and at the heart of all of their decisions may there be a deep respect for and commitement to the sanctity and dignity of all human life and support for the most vulnerable among us.”
Meanwhile, Obama is busy deciding which Bush executive orders he may quickly reverse in order to quickly deliver on some of his many campaign promises. Some of the most likely? Reversing the federal ban on embryonic stem cell research (hEsc) and upending the Mexico City policy, which prohibits the use of federal foreign aid to promote abortions.
Really sounds like Obama’s taking all that “defending the most vulnerable among us” stuff to heart.
More via Hot Air:
“The hEsc order annoys researchers who can’t get money for their projects elsewhere, but that’s because the technology has surpassed hEsc. Scientists have since developed plenipotentiary stem cells from adult tissue, ending the need to destroy embryos at all. If hEsc really held out any promise apart from other technologies, it would not need federal funding at any rate — it would have private donors lining up to invest in it, as other stem-cell research does.
While American voters feel some ambiguity on abortion, they overwhelmingly do not want their tax dollars paying for or facilitating abortions. The Mexico City rule forbade federal funds to be used to facilitate the acquisition of abortions by groups abroad, much as the Hyde Amendment prohibited federal funds to be used in the same manner domestically. If Obama rescinds it, he can expect a great deal of outrage from pro-life groups and a reopening of the debate over the use of tax money to procure abortions anywhere.
These aren’t exactly low-hanging fruit, nor are they the acts of someone who professed to find middle ground between pro-life and pro-choice groups. These are the acts of a pro-abortion absolutist, and they presage the sponsorship of Planned Parenthood’s Freedom of Choice Act. So much for governing from the center.”
It’s starting already. For those of you pro-life, pro-Obama people out there who were somehow thinking that Obama’s anti-life sentiments would recede to the back burner upon his election, it would appear that you were largely mistaken.
Listen, I’d GLADLY EAT CROW if only Obama would prove me wrong and somehow change his radical abortion agenda. PROVE ME WRONG, Mr. Obama, please! You could serve it up steaming hot and fresh on a platter in front of me, and I’d happily dig in and declare it delectable. I don’t like crow, but it would be like ambrosia if it meant that millions of babies would be spared a horrible death both in and out of the womb.
Go ahead and prove me wrong.