As it has been widely reported, President Obama spent some time chatting up Obamacare to the Catholic Health Association on Wednesday. While most of the mainstream media reported on his dire warnings about any potential repeal of the law, only the pro-life media reported on his comments about the dignity and rights of every human being.
This is how our friends at CNSNews.com reported on the president’s talk.
“My first job in Chicago--when I moved after college to work as a community organizer--my first job was funded by the Campaign for Human Development, an anti-poverty initiative of the Catholic Church," said Obama in his talk to the Catholic Hospital Association. "And my first office was at Holy Rosary Church on the South Side of Chicago, across from Palmer Park."
It was in the context of this work, Obama explained, that he saw "that every human being, made in the image of God, deserves to live in dignity."
"There were times where I felt like quitting, where I wondered if the path I’d chosen was too hard," said Obama.
"But despite these challenges, I saw how kindness and compassion and faith can change the arc of people’s lives," he said. "And I saw the power of faith--a shared belief that every human being, made in the image of God, deserves to live in dignity; that all children, no matter who they are or where they come from or how much money they were born into, ought to have the opportunity to achieve their God-given potential; that we are all called, in the words of His Holiness Pope Francis, 'to satisfy the demands of justice, fairness, and respect for every human being.’”
For those who give a moment's thought to children in the womb who are killed legally each day by abortion -- a policy the President vigorously supports -- the disconnect is mind-boggling.
CNSNews goes on to remind readers that this is the same man who, as a state senator in Illinois, voted against a bill that would provide emergency medical care for babies who survive abortion. His main objection was that if these babies now living outside the womb were given the same rights as the rest of the human race, that would bar abortion.
Moreover, Obama already has announced his intention to veto the federal Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act if it reaches his desk. The bill -- which would protect children in the womb from 20 weeks of development forward, because of their ability to feel pain -- was passed by the House on May 13, and introduced in the Senate this week by Sen. Lindsey Graham.
When President Obama told the Catholic Health Association that “all children, no matter who they are or where they come from or how much money they were born into, ought to have the opportunity to achieve their God-given potential,” he was engaged in a tactic that he and many other abortion supporters have used frequently before. Sound pro-life, sound Catholic, sound like someone who is eager to respect the teachings of the Church and the Pope, so that those who aren't paying too much attention will miss the total contradiction between those things and support for abortion.
In my upcoming book, Abolishing Abortion, to be released August 18 by Thomas Nelson/HarperCollins (see www.AbolishingAbortion.com), I document this disconnect as it appears in the rhetoric and behavior of numerous political figures. It is time for all believers to respond to this distortion of truth, of faith, and of morality, and to demand that public servants admit the difference between serving the public and killing the public.
Father Frank Pavone is the national director of Priests for Life.